ITV has today announced a major forthcoming rebrand across its entire business, including a new logo and refreshed identities for all its channels, including ITV1 changing to just 'ITV'.
The new "unifying brand identity" will be introduced at some point in January 2013 across ITV Plc, the ITV Network and ITV Studios, the broadcaster's production arm.
The ITV logo has been totally refreshed with a curvy, colour-shifting design that will roll out simultaneously across the ITV channels and their +1 networks, including the flagship ITV channel, along with ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV.
The rebrand has been overseen by Rufus Radcliffe, ITV's group director of marketing and research, who previously rebranded E4 while at Channel 4; and Reemah Sakaan, ITV's director of network marketing, who joined in February 2012 after seven years at the BBC, where she helped rebrand BBC Three.
ITV decided that the move was necessary as it has not revamped its identity since 2006 and the television landscape has changed drastically since then. Radcliffe said that in the digital television era there are hundreds of media brands all competing for people's attention, and ITV was in danger of getting lost in the crowd.
"People love our shows, but we don't get the credit for bringing them. With all these media brands out there if you don't have a clear brand then you are exposed," he said at a press briefing yesterday. "What this rebrand is about is cementing the relationship between the shows that people love and the ITV brand that makes them."