We know that people like to take the BBC as a role model. But it’s still quite startling to see the extent to which the new Iranian government-backed English-language TV news network, Press TV has shamelessly copied it. Same basic layout. Same font. Same dotted lines in the left-hand menu. Same ticker at the top. Remarkably similar iconography. On the bright side, I suppose, it stretches a bit to fill a 1024×768 screen, where the Beeb is still sticking to its 800×600 optimisation. More on the channel in this Guardian article. Sadly it doesn’t yet come up in the Sky EPG.