Broadcasting House

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May 28, 2022

Broadcasting House - a building in London, on Portland Place in Marylebone in the City of Westminster borough, built as the seat of the BBC and remains the official address of the corporation, mentioned, among others, in its court registration. Broadcasting House is the main hub for BBC radio and home to most of the broadcaster's news (radio, TV and Internet) newsrooms.

Features

Broadcasting House consists of two main parts: a historic building from the 1930s and a new wing added to it in 2005-2010. The main designer of the original building was George Val Meyer, and the opening took place on May 14, 1932. The building, whose name literally translates to "Broadcasting House", was the first facility in Great Britain erected specifically for the production and broadcasting of radio broadcasts. In 2005, a comprehensive renovation and extension project for Broadcasting House began. As part of this investment, the old part of the building was completely renovated, and due to its entry in the register of monuments, the conservation requirements were met. A new part was added to the building, initially known as Egton Wing, and officially called John Peel Wing in 2012, after the famous BBC radio presenter John Peel. The construction works were completed in 2010, all technical approvals were made in 2011, and by the end of 2012 the last part of the investment was completed, related to the installation of all equipment necessary for media production, including building a new central newsroom for the BBC. The main architect of the reconstruction was Richard MacCormac.

Roofs

Roofs play an important role in the architecture of both parts. At the top of the old part, there is a radio mast, which is still operational today, emphasizing the role of the building. On the roof of the new wing, a 10-meter-high monument in the shape of a glass corner was built to commemorate the BBC journalists who died while carrying out their duties. After dark, the monument is illuminated so that it is clearly visible from the neighboring streets. During the BBC's flagship TV news program, BBC News at Ten, which is every day between 10.00 p.m. and 10.30 p.m., floodlights inside the monument shoot a pillar of light 900 meters high into the sky. Artistic events are also held on the roofs. In February 2009, the Irish group U2 performed there at an unannounced, twenty-minute mini-concert. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1, and it was also watched live by about 5,000 random passers-by.

Usage

Since March 2013, when the move of various editorial offices to the enlarged building was completed, Broadcasting House has two main roles: the headquarters of BBC Radio and BBC News (the information department). It is broadcast by BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC World Service. BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music are located in the adjoining Western House. The building also houses the BBC Radio Theater, a large radio studio dedicated to audience recording with 310 seats on two levels. The building is also home to the BBC News, BBC World News, BBC Arabic and BBC Persian news channels, as well as the editorial offices of all of the BBC's national news programs (except sports, as BBC Sport's central hub is in Salford). It is also the editorial site for BBC News and the home of BBC London, the BBC's regional branch that produces local programs (including a 24/7 radio station) for the British capital. All these editorial offices operate on the basis of one central newsroom.

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Official site of the building