A farewell to TV Centre

 

Rory's last tea round at Television Centre

This is a week tinged with sadness and nostalgia for those of us who have worked for BBC News for many years. It is the last week when television news bulletins will come from Television Centre at White City, before the TV teams join the rest of the news operation at New Broadcasting House.

Television Centre is now rather battered and down-at-heel, but it was once an impossibly glamorous place. My first visits were as a child in the 1960s when my mother, a production assistant in the Drama Department, brought me in for lunch in a canteen where actors in costume and other celebrities might be sitting at neighbouring tables.

I joined the television newsroom as a sub-editor in 1983, and for much of the last 30 years TV Centre - or the Fun Factory as some of the camera crews dubbed it - has been my home.

A tribute in pictures

TVC

Here are a few treasures from the archive showing the rise of Television Centre and the years that followed, chosen by picture editor Phil Coomes.

Last Friday, on what may have been my last full day in my old office, I went to buy a tea round from the Filling Station, the TV Centre tea-bar immortalised on Twitter as @killingstation.

I took along a small camera, and instead of going the direct route I went via the newsroom, passing the edit suites and the N6 Studio which has been home to the main television news bulletins since the 1990s.

I edited my journey to a soundtrack of clips from old news programmes that have come from Television Centre. It is my little tribute to the place which has played such a big part in the history of broadcasting in the UK.

 
Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent Article written by Rory Cellan-Jones Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent

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    Comment number 54.

    I trus the snacks and drinks at MediaCity UK in M50, Media Village in W12 and at Broadcasting House are all Fairtrade, Rory?

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    Comment number 53.

    Well done Mr C-J and good luck in your new surroundings - they look great, from what I have seen.
    Martin C

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    Comment number 52.

    There should be more stories about people moving office in the news. Its a really important modern day technology issue.

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    Comment number 51.

    Not a tech story....but at least it's not yet another piece of Facebook.

    *Like this post to reveal that you like this post*

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    Comment number 50.

    46.CoeurDeHamster - "......I would be far more impressed if the BBC ran comparable stories whenever any place of work (factory, office block etc.) was closed down. But they don’t."


    Do you not read your local BBC website/watch your regional BBC programmes?

    If you did you'd know they DO run programmes about old buildings closing down from time to time.....

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    Comment number 49.

    Have to disagree with 46 & 47. TV Center is an amazing building with unparalleled history. Nice that someone told the story and who said a bit of self indulgence is a bad thing? Especially at the end of an era. Have you never shown off your own accomplishments or told a bit of your own story to friends? Come on! 6 paragraphs and a low budget video is pretty low-key and inexpensive.

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    Comment number 48.

    This feels like a bit of a non-story to anyone who doesn't work at the BBC. That said, moving to Salford was obviously a bad idea (Salford is much better than it used to be, but surely the national broadcaster should be in London?) As for a museum of broadcasting - I'd love to see one, but we already have the excellent National Media Museum which could be expanded.

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    Comment number 47.

    46. CoeurDeHamster

    Completely agree with 46. Story is a good example of the self indulgance that my £145 assists in a small way in paying for. Doubtless a BBC4 programme will folllow.

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    Comment number 46.

    The only reason that this story is notable is because it is a BBC story made notable by the BBC.

    I would be far more impressed if the BBC ran comparable stories whenever any place of work (factory, office block etc.) was closed down. But they don’t.

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    Comment number 45.

    It's sad to see this great building close down. I reget not having had a tour of the BBC studios before it all closed down. I really like the look of the building even though I have never been in it. It's a shame the BBC has moved out of London and out of this great building..

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    Comment number 44.

    @39. philm
    You might have a point if the BBC were to hold Labour Govts to task in the same way that it rabidly goes after the Tories.
    The BBC doesn't do that. It sits there while its cabal of luvvies spout leftist propaganda
    It's time to scrap this organisation's charter and start again with a properly un-biased, state broadcaster that does the job of simply telling the truth and nothing else!

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    Comment number 43.

    The departure from TVC shows what a collosal waste of money the move to Salford has been. £100s of millions wasted on a whim that TV has to more regional when it already was. All at the cost of what's important, new programmes. Just imagine Hollywood leaving LA, that's what has happened to the iconic television centre.

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    Comment number 42.

    That's a long way to go for a cup of tea -)

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    Comment number 41.

    PS How's Peter Sissons doing? How long does it take to keep a Liberal Democrat in jail? The same time as it takes to boil an egg! If you're not certain ask Mr Laws because Vince told me.

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    Comment number 40.

    A sad farewell to the BBC Isit! it just cost me £150 quid to send Mr Entwhistle into the sunset whilst riding Jimmy Saddle He was accompanied by DLT. It is absolutely outrageous you have such an opinion of yourselves, I would imagine that it's because you have everybody at knifepoint for their money, keep looking after Flashman!

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    Comment number 39.

    Baza - sadly you display the common Tory fallacy: anyone who disagrees with you must be a socialist. I doubt you know what socialism is - if you did, you would understand that the BBC is not socialist, just holding the "government" to account. You also propose the view that news can be "neutral" - perspective is inevitable so news is never dispassionate.

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    Comment number 38.

    I always watch or read BBC news in preference to any of its rivals. That is not to say I like everything it does, like inserting itself into its news stories, denying HYS's on important topics, and generally leftist leanings when it is supposed to be apolitical. Still miles ahead of its rivals though, but then again anything that don't involve Murdoch gets my vote.

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    Comment number 37.

    The news that comes out of the BBC now is all warped with a biased slant to it. It is totally socialist and leftist in its presentation from most of its presenters all the time. Its as though the interviews & presenters feel as though they are instructed to try to put on over the Conservatives at every chance.That is the job of the Labour party.The BBC should be neutral at all times with the news.

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    Comment number 36.

    I worked at TVC 13 years ago and always hoped that I'd find myself back there some day... then maybe I'd finally be able to get around the 'doughnut' from one part of the building to another without getting hopelessly lost!

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    Comment number 35.

    A unique organisation which educates, informs and entertains, like no other. It has got its weeknesses but tell me an organisation which is perfect. The range and diversity of its programmes is amazing. Its also an organisation which is loved, hated, loathed,quoted the world over and how nice to see a programme without interruptions-how very civilised. And long may it continue. Thank you BBC.

 

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