World Service 80th birthday
World Service is throwing the doors of Bush House open to the public - revealing the inner workings of broadcasting and decision making - as it marks its 80th birthday at the end of the month.
On February 29 the daily editorial meeting will be broadcast live, as the newsroom editors meet to discuss the day's agenda and how it will be covered. A range of programmes, in more than 12 languages, will be broadcast from the open courtyard of Bush House with audience members able to watch and participate on air, online and via social media. There will also be multilingual videos of the event on bbc.co.uk/worldservice.
End Quote Steve Titherington WS commissioning editor
We are turning Bush House inside out, showing who we are and what we do”
Steve Titherington, World Service commissioning editor, said: 'We are turning Bush House inside out, showing who we are and what we do and asking what the world wants next from the BBC World Service.'
Flagship programmes like Newshour and World Have Your Say will consider, with audience help, the future priorities of the World Service and of international broadcasting.
Peter Horrocks, director of Global News, said: 'These are historic and changing times for the World Service. We want our audiences to be at the heart of both the commemoration of the past and conversation about the future.'
As well as a celebration of a long history the special day of programming is also a farewell as World Service moves out of Bush House, its home for over 70 years. The World Service will be the first occupants of the new broadcast centre at W1. Eventually all the BBC's news services will be based there, working in the same space for the first time.
Following the special open day there are two further events, one for opinion formers hosted by Lord Patten, and a staff party on the evening of March 2.