What a great idea, but question is how they did it – might be worth emailing BBC News graphics and ask them directly.
However, Ravensbourne University has got an archive of all BBC idents (or most of them).
The one you are looking for, is here:
(You can download the video)
“Concept and creative process
Title graphics from the flagship morning programme from BBC News which presents a daily mix of news and studio interviews. Breakfast production relaunched from Salford in 2012. The titles were an evolution of the previous set of titles which incorporated some of the key branding elements from BBC news (the globe, radio waves and cats cradle). This was combined with a light bright colour palette and light rays evocative of the rising sun.
Production: After Effects, Cinema 4D.”
Without the above info I would have suggested:
Knock up graphics plates in PhotoShop.
Map/wrap them onto a sphere in After Effects.
Rotate at a suitable speed.
Extrude and do other fun stuff to give it depth.
Looking forward to seeing what you can create!
(Don’t forget to give credit to BBC where due, and do not use their logo)