On Monday 9 July, the new BBC newsroom opened for business with the live broadcast of World Briefing for the BBC World Service. Once fully occupied, new Broadcasting House will contain 3000 journalists, production and operational staff working across the News group. The Newsroom itself (occupying the basement and ground floors) has 460 workstations – many of them staffed 24/7. For more on this story visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/
Burmese politician and human rights advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, pictured with Director General Mark Thompson and BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten, during a visit to BBC Broadcasting House in London on 19 June 2012. During her visit she paid tribute to the BBC World Service for "keeping her in touch", during her years of house arrest in Burma and broadcast an interview with the BBC Burmese Service. See more pictures on the About the BBC photostream on flickr.
A new chapter in the history of BBC Broadcasting House got underway in March 2012.
On Sunday 11 March the BBC’s Burmese Service became the first programme to broadcast live from the new Broadcasting House. This marked the start of the BBC World Service's move from Bush House, its London home for over 70 years, to a new state of the art, multimedia broadcasting centre in the heart of the capital.
In March, the doors of the Media Café were opened to our Radio Theatre audiences. This new purpose-built facility will now be used on a regular basis for our audiences to enjoy some refreshments and relax before watching a BBC show in the Radio Theatre.
In another historic first, the walls came down between old Broadcasting House, the neighbouring New Broadcasting House and the recently re-named John Peel Wing (in memory of the late Radio 1 DJ), to create one Broadcasting House. Now one building, this heralds the start of the single biggest migration ever undertaken in the BBC, as 6,000 staff from the BBC’s Television, Radio, News and Online services come together for the first time under one roof.
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