NBC celebrates Tom Brokaw’s ‘first 50 years’

NBC News celebrated former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw’s 50th year with the network with a special edition of “Dateline.”

The two-hour special, which aired Sunday night, featured a deep blue title card matching the new look “Dateline” introduced in the fall.

Brokaw, who remains a special correspondent and contributor on the network, appeared prominently throughout the special, including providing the intro.

The graphics included an animated collage of images from Brokaw’s history at the network.

For typography, the network used a font similar to the “Dateline” logotype — rendered in shiny light blue and silver for the words “The First” and “Years.”

Above this, the line “Tom Brokaw at NBC News” was presented in the custom draw font the network once used more consistently. That font features sharp points on the “N” and a distinctive “W.”

Also included in the look was the number “50” rendered in a sans serif old-style setup, with the top of the “5” reaching above the “0.”


This old-style numerical layout has been common at NBC in recent weeks, with a similar look used for the “Meet the Press” 70th anniversary logo the “Today Show” 65th anniversary logo.

The special didn’t, however, feature any additional graphics, including lower thirds, instead opting for a simple look with the NBC bug in the lower corner and hashtag “#Brokaw50” in the lower right.

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