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Monday, December 15, 2008

Out with the old...

Well, it seems like the "new year, new look" concept came early for CNN with today's debut of a new graphic design. Much less cluttered -- the network and program logos are now combined in the lower right of the image, while the lower left contains information about the report (or the reporter, as above). 

But the biggest change is... no more ticker! In a look far more similar to what is used on International, at the bottom of the screen there is now white space with black print (or vice versa) that presents a complete phrase at a time. On some programs, there is also a clock there as well.

I've never been a huge fan of the ticker, so I like the new look. I do think they can speed up the timing of the info on that line -- American viewers are accustomed to reading closed captioning and absorb the writing much more quickly than these are displaying. (If you've ever wondered -- and I'm quite sure you have not -- there are studies done periodically to get an idea of how fast those captions can display and be understood by the viewers.)

Oh, and it looks great on HD, too.

Here's a clip from this morning -- Michael Ware on yesterday's shoe-throwing incident:

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Here are some other recent International clips from Michael on various issues...

BackStory from 12/11 -- the suicide bombing in Kirkuk:

World News on 12/13 -- SecDef Gates visits Iraq:

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ACAnderFan said...

I don't like the new graphics. Personally I think it looks cluttered is just too much.

Anonymous said...

I don't like how the CNN logo is in the same black box as the LIVE icon. I personally think it would be better if the CNN logo was on the left side of the screen not in the black box with the LIVE icon above it in it's own black box. The program logo box would be next to it (just like how it is now) but on the right side of it. Whenever they broadcast a reporter live from somewhere, the program logo would be replaced with the city/country that the reporter is live from. To the right of all that, would be the normal information about the report/reporter. But that's just me.

Moley Willows said...

I like the new look. Clean and easy to read.
Like to know the network/program in case I'm channel surfing. Straight up you see who is talking, (if you don't recognise their face, about them (are they worth listening to), and headliner what they are discussing.All in the time it takes them to get a sentence out. I don't have an opinion about the whole sentence along the bottom.

Sapphire said...

Not feeling the new look at all but the one thing I would change stat is make the clock bigger....I need to see the time :P

Anonymous said...

It will take some time to get used to. I agree
the clock should be larger.. Maybe they can
have an animated logo that flips from the
CNN logo to live. Also maybe they could have
more than one sentence on a story.

BookAsylum said...

I'm not convinced that I like the new look that they went with - but I do like the fact that they changed things- particularly with getting rid of the crawl at the bottom which I've always found distracting.