Cable networks roll out special looks for Queen Elizabeth cover


US cable networks offered extensive coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s death beginning September 8, 2022 and continuing through the following day.


CNN’s Jake Tapper broke the news on September 8, 2022, after the network aired its last-minute stinger that the network has stopped using as much as it has in the past (and, in this case, it was probably justified).

On September 9, 2022, CNN updated its schedule to offer “special coverage” from noon to 3 p.m. Eastern Time when “CNN Newsroom” is scheduled to air and will likely continue to give Elizabeth’s death a place of choice.

This cover, shared by Anderson Cooper in New York and Don Lemon in London, used an expanded version of the Elizabeth open the network began use on September 8, with a distinctive typeface used for the name and title of the queen – with an elegant tail over the ‘h’ that flowed up and down ending in a flourish that intersects with the second ‘I’ in ‘II’, which appears to be located in Trajan (which also appears to be used, in a slightly bolder format, for the “1926-2022” notation below.

The opening itself features a pattern of frames depicting images from Elizabeth’s life with an undulating background of the Union Jack with images of royal decrees and Buckingham Palace superimposed before ending with a portrait profile of the late queen.

CNN uses a combination of the Queen’s name with her year of birth and year of death onscreen, including in a narrow bar at the bottom of the screen, which uses what appear to be two different typefaces than used outdoors. .


MSNBC presenter Chris Jansing was on the air on September 8 to break the news of the Queen’s death.

Later that day, the network began using a look similar to the one used when Prince Philip, the Queen’s late husband, died in 2021, which includes a full animated opening featuring angular elements inspired by the Union Jack flag . These spaces serve to frame historical and more modern images of Elizabeth.


The network uses the “Remembering Queen Elizabeth II” banner.

Of course, the network updated the elegant golden sans serif typography with Elizabeth’s name. The “Q” and the two “I”s are taller than the rest of the letters, with the “E” in “Elizabeth” taller – but not as tall – as well. In what appears to be an effort to maintain the imprint of the logotype, the network did not include a visible space between Elizabeth’s name and numbers.


Fox’s cable network uses the standard black and gold look it uses when notable people die. The design is essentially a template that allows the network to exchange text, including name and birth and death years, as well as images.

Fox also inserts a “Remembering Queen Elizabeth II” ribbon in his lower third, again what he typically does when a famous person dies.


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