News 24 play this countdown every hour.
Sometimes the countdown is longer, sometimes
shorter depending on the timing of the
preceding trails. The longest I've ever seen is
42 seconds (but I don't watch News 24 at 59
minutes past the hour all the time,
The countdown is accompanied by a lovely
tune, really funky for the news. It cleverly
builds in the classic 'pips' into the
percussion. Such news music hasn't been heard
since the days of News Review on BBC2 and ITN's
news music 'Non-Stop'.
There's a bit of a countdown in MPEG format
to your right.
The full version is 90 seconds long, and the
stereo MP3 of ths can be downloaded from
here, or a smaller-filesized mono version
can be downloaded
here. (Thanks to Mark McMillan)