And if you don’t believe that I was there at the BBC, here is the evidence (above right). Yes, I actually presented the weather (albeit from a little mock studio they have rigged up outside the proper studios for people on the TV centre tour).
Here’s a few more of my photos of this wonderful tour (Well done BBC!):
So, whither BBC TV Centre? It is being officially evacuated by the BBC in 2013. Stuff has already moved to Salford. BBC News will move to the unbelievably brilliantly architected Broadcasting House (new bit). If you have £33 million jingling around in your pocket, you can buy the whole Television Centre show. It is perhaps likely that bits will be leased or sold off and some of the studios will remain in use.
In the old days, it was a Television factory – first conceived on the back of an envelope in 1949 and opened in 1960. The Morecambe and Wise Christmas 1977 show from TC1 was watched by 28 million viewers (more than half the population of the entire country). All the studios used to be in use all the time. Now, some of them are in use for about half the week. Sad.
But it’s all change in TV these days. It’s all HD and multi-channel. The decision to close down the Concrete Doughnut (© T.Wogan) was taken in tandem with major investment in the regions – Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff etc. Just take a look at the superb BBC facilities in Norwich, as a random example. These guys are serious about regionality. Well done Auntie!
As ITV withdraws from the regions (ITV news for Truro currently comes via Bristol), creating a monomorphic mass out of what used to be a multi-faceted operation, the BBC is investing heavily in the regions.
I salute you, Auntie Beeb!