Electric Light Orchestra – Here Is the News – 1981

Here Is the News” is a 1981 song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

It is track #10 on the album Time (1981) and was released as a double A-side along with “Ticket to the Moon” in January 1982, reaching #24 in the UK charts. The song makes heavy use of synthesizers but also includes guitar, bass guitar, piano, and a drum kit. The song is in Strophic form, lasts 3 minutes 43 seconds and ends with a fade out. The song is about the news programs of 2095 and voices from news reports can be heard in the background during the song.

The intro of ‘Here is the News’ is also used in the indents and channel branding of the VPRO, a Dutch broadcasting channel. The idents of the VPRO with ‘Here is the News’ have been used as leaders on television since 1981 (except 1985–1987), and are used since 2010 at the end of a program. The VPRO used to use the intro on the radio to inform listeners of Radio 3 (later NPO 3FM) that a program of the VPRO was about to start. The intro of the song was also used by Television Malta in the intro to their news program between 1988 and 1999.

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