History of the BBC

History of the BBC

BBC Television Centre

Bush House
Farewell to an iconic building

It was not until 1949 that the BBC acquired a site for the creation of BBC Television Centre, the first non-commercial public service television production centre in the world. Built on the site of the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908, the building opened, eventually, in 1960. Over the years the 'Centre' has played host to thousands of hours of output, from Monty Python to Strictly, not to mention television and radio news. Now its life as a television factory is at an end, after more than fifty years service. Enjoy our look back at an iconic building.


BBC Memoryshare

Thousands of people have visited the BBC Television Centre studios over the years, or have worked in them. Tell us about your experiences and memories of this iconic building.



Left: The Leslie Roberts Silhouhettes posing at the construction site of Television Centre in the late 1950s.

Memories of Television Centre

Arthur Hayes, Architect, remembers Television Centre

Arthur Hayes Arthur Hayes

Blue Peter and The Eurovision Song Contest 1963

Biddy Baxter Yvonne Littlewood

Using Television Centre creatively

Edward Barnes

Alan Bayley

A threat to security and The Millennium Bug

Dave Earle Gillian Thackray

The Magic of Television Centre

Sophie Raworth Bobby Warrens

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