BBC Worldwide to rent Television Centre

Television Centre, 1961 Television Centre's exterior view and other listed parts will be retained

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On the completion of the sale of Television Centre, it has been announced that BBC Worldwide will be the "anchor tenants" of the building.

In addition, BBC's other commercial arms BBC Studios and Post Production will lease refurbished office and entertainment space from 2014/15.

Discussions continue about possible plans for leisure, office or residential facilities.

Earlier in the week it was confirmed that property developers Stanhope Plc have bought the property in a consortium for £200m.

The BBC's Chief Operating Officer Caroline Thomson said in an all staff email that the BBC will be developing the building in conjunction with Stanhope.

'We all felt that it was important that we retained a link to a building that has played such an important part in our history and has felt like a home from home for so many of us over the years,' she said.

The site was purpose built for broadcasting and opened in 1960. The question mark shaped building included eight studios, production galleries, dressing rooms, camera workshops, recording areas, an area to bring in trucks with sets and a separate space for audiences and guests to come in.

The BBC announced in June 2011 that it was putting Television Centre (TVC) up for sale. At the time, the BBC said the main aim of the sale was to maximise the site's value to the BBC and licence fee payers.

Moving around

The original plan was for most of the 5000 staff in the building to have left by 2013.

Children's, Sport, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast have already moved to MediaCity in Salford, leaving a lot of TVC empty. The changes already mean that this year, for the first time, over half of BBC staff work outside London.

News teams are in the process of moving to New Broadcasting House and its newsroom was officially declared open by Head of Newsroom Mary Hockaday on 9 July.

Among the last teams from the BBC's public service arm to leave TVC will be domestic television news and weather who will move to New Broadcasting House at the beginning of 2013.

All studios will close at the same time. BBC Studios will be temporarily relocated in 2013 before coming back to TVC in 2014/2015.

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