Earlybirds tuning in to Morning Report will have a fresh wake-up call from Monday morning.
We're keeping the birds and the six 'pips', but as of tomorrow RNZ's three flagship news programmes - Morning Report, Midday Report and Checkpoint - will share a new theme tune.
Back in the 1970s Morning Report's theme song was pretty percussion-heavy…
In the '80s, there was a lot more brass, and electronica came in with the '90s…
..and since 2014, we've been hearing this:
RNZ Head of News Richard Sutherland says he was keen to have a "cohesive sonic brand" for the three flagship news programmes, something similar to the BBC's rapid-fire musical theme for news bulletins and news programmes.
"When you hear that piece of music you go 'ah, here is information coming from a credible source'. It's all about reminding the audience of who you are and what you do and how you do it.'"
The new theme was created by Sydney-based sound design company Soul Zu (who composed the music for Australian public broadcaster SBS) in collaboration with Jim Hall - a New Zealand composer and taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instrument) expert.
One stylistic trope that remains an essential part of any news theme is the insistent beeps of a teletype machine, says Jim Hall.
"Even in 2022, if you do a news theme and you don't have something a bit like that in there, people say 'it's not very newsy'."
Listen to Auckland musician Jeremy Toy's remix of the 2014 - 2022 Morning Report theme: