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"Here Is the News"
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Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
A-side" Ticket to the Moon"
Released11 December 1981
Recorded1981 at Musicland Studios, Munich
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
" Twilight"
"Here Is the News"
" Rain Is Falling"
Time track listing
13 tracks
Side one
  1. "Prologue"
  2. " Twilight"
  3. "Yours Truly, 2095"
  4. " Ticket to the Moon"
  5. " The Way Life's Meant to Be"
  6. "Another Heart Breaks"
Side two
  1. " Rain Is Falling"
  2. "From the End of the World"
  3. "The Lights Go Down"
  4. " Here Is the News"
  5. "21st Century Man"
  6. " Hold on Tight"
  7. "Epilogue"
Music video
"Here is the News" on YouTube

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

It is track ten on the album Time (1981) and was released as a double A-side along with " Ticket to the Moon" in January 1982, reaching number 24 in the UK charts. [1] 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 programmes of 2095 and voices from news reports can be heard in the background during the song.[ citation needed]

The song acts as a "doom-laden news bulletin full of chattering voices and space-age electronic effects." [2] ELO writer Barry Delve feels that it is appropriately paired with "Ticket to the Moon" on the single since both songs "share lyrical references and have a similar string arrangement." [2] But Delve also feels that these two songs were not the most commercial songs on Time to be released as singles, especially since their lyrics can be "enigmatic" and mystifying" outside the context of the concept album. [2]

The intro of 'Here is the News' is also used in the idents 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), [3] and are used since 2010 at the end of a program. [4] 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; now it is used by Radio Aniol Beskidow as news jingle.

Chart positions

Chart (1982) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart 4
German Media Control Singles Chart [5] 61
Irish Singles Chart [6] 17
UK Singles Chart [1] 24


  1. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra". Official Charts. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Delve, Barry (2021). Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song. Sonicbond. p. 100. ISBN  9781789521528.
  3. ^ "VPRO-televisievormgeving" (in Dutch). Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid ( Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. ^ "VPRO | Thonik".
  5. ^ " – Electric Light Orchestra". Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2013. Enter Electric Light Orchestra in the Search by Artist field, then click Search.