Phil Peel

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BBC Television Centre Sold

Posted by Phil On July - 17 - 2012
I only worked at Television Centre  occasionally.  I frequently got lost… It was circular so if you kept walking you ended up back where you started. Weird! You ran into all sorts of people. I remember going up to work with Ken Morse. The food in the canteen was to die for..   I’m kidding.
But it was the most wonderful place. …and I believe that in the future the sale will be seen as terrible mistake.
It was a magical factory of creativity despite the design. As Alan White says …
“Everything about the building is stupid, and no doubt  commentators who love to lay into the institution would see much that’s telling (on this subject, I always feel those who moan about left-wing bias have never worked here, where everything is chaotic, last minute – the very notion the corporation is organised enough to insert systematic prejudice into its reports is hard to swallow).”
Here’s the official announcement

The BBC has confirmed the sale of the most iconic building in UK television history, with the announcement that Stanhope, a property developer, is to buy Television Centre in west London for about £200m.

BBC director-general Mark Thompson said that the deal was sealed after the First Night of the Proms last Saturday.

…and if you want to see what all the fuss is about watch this wonderful documentary.

 

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