closure marks the end of production at the famous Birmingham site
for over thirty years.The BBC will be moving its radio and television
operations to the Mailbox in the city centre by the end of 2004.
Resources Chief Executive Margaret Salmon said: "While programme
production from Pebble Mill is healthy, the majority of the output
does not require expensive studio facilities."
most of Pebble Mill's production was location based, the use of
the studios has halved in three years to around one third of their
capacity. The closures would not affect local and regional programmes
or news or radio production."
future of Pebble Mill
West Midlands has taken over the lease of the nine-acre BBC's site.
Pebble Mill, which opened in 1971, is expected to be converted into
a business park.
Griffee, Controller of English Regions
Griffee, Controller of English Regions said:
"When we hand over the keys to Pebble Mill at the end of 2004
we will be wishing Advantage West Midlands every future success
with a building which will always have a special place in the history
for the future...
planning application submitted to Birmingham City Council includes,
new tennis courts, sports fields, cycle-ways, a pavilion and road
improvements surrounding 36,500m² of high-tech research, development
and office space.
West Midlands Chief Executive John Edwards said: "This is an
exciting step for this development and gives business and the Birmingham
community the first glimpse of our plans for the future of Pebble
Pebble Mill over the years...
Morning with Anne Diamond and Nick Owen
Mill has staged several BBC shows, most famously the Pebble Mill
at One lunchtime chat show, which ran from 1973 to 1986.
studios have also produced a host of popular programmes including
the popular TV dramas Dalziel and Pascoe and Dangerfield, as well
as the long-running radio soap The Archers and the recent daytime
soap opera Doctors starring Christopher Timothy.
BBC's answer to This Morning with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan,
Good Morning with Anne and Nick, also came from the Birmingham studios.
into the 21st century...
move to the city centre reinforces the BBCs commitment to
national, regional and local programme-making in the West Midlands
and will ensure that BBC Birmingham is best placed to meet the changing
demands of broadcasting and technology in the future.
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