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The last TV network news from Television Centre in west London has been broadcast on BBC One.

Mishal Husain presented the programme from studio N6 at 22:00 GMT, signing off nearly 45 years of bulletins.

TV Centre, which has been sold for redevelopment, opened in 1960 and the news first went out from the site nine years later.

From Monday the entire BBC news operation will be based at Broadcasting House in central London.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s news bulletins on BBC One fronted by the likes of Richard Baker, Angela Rippon, Anna Ford, Moira Stuart, Peter Sissons and Martyn Lewis attracted audiences of up to 10 million people.

Mishal Husain signs off the last TV network news bulletin from Television Centre

Its impact was demonstrated by reporter Michael Buerk's 1984 report on the Ethiopian famine which inspired the original Live Aid concert the following year.

The bulletin became a story itself in 1988, when as Sue Lawley and Nicholas Witchell hosted the Six O'Clock News, the studio was invaded by a group of women protesting against a law which prevented councils from promoting homosexuality.

By 1998, when news moved into new studios in the last part of TV Centre to be completed, bulletins were being broadcast round the clock on News 24, now the News Channel, which launched the previous year.

Hotels and flats

The main TV news bulletins went on to be presented by George Alagiah, Fiona Bruce, Huw Edwards, and Sophie Raworth, who on Friday hosted the last Six O'Clock News from TV Centre.

The News Channel will continue to broadcast from TV Centre on Monday until the One O'Clock News becomes the first domestic news programme to go out from the BBC's new studios at Broadcasting House.

New Broadcasting House The BBC's Broadcasting House in central London has been extended

The TV news journalists will join those BBC News colleagues that have already moved into their new home - staff working on Newsnight, World TV, the news website and the BBC Red Button news pages, as well as those on radio news other than BBC Radio 5 live, which relocated to Salford.

Television Centre, which was sold for £200m last year, closes on 31 March and will be redeveloped into hotels, flats, a cinema and office space.

The main television studios will be retained and refurbished for leasing out to production companies, including the BBC, from 2014.


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    Comment number 202.

    So, an old building is to close and people moved to newer premises?

    What difference will the viewing public notice from the change?

    Based on the move to Salford, probably none.

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    Comment number 198.

    I was a staffer 20-25 years ago. I was involved with the refurbishments of News Studios N1, N2 and N3, as part of the refurb team and we did may other studios, many of which were ground breaking technologies. Digital video was a first on BBC Sport, something that is commonplace now. TC was a great place and remember it with fondness.
    Sorry to see it go. God bless her and all who sailed in her.

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    Comment number 160.

    In the early 70's I was an engineer for a very well known International computer company and the Television Centre was one of my customers. I well remember seeing so many famous people on my visits but I probably best remember Sheila Hancock blocking the lift doors from closing after she saw me running to get in before they closed. Best wishes in your new home.

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    Comment number 91.

    Fact is nothing stays the same.

    I wonder what the response was when BBC moved to BBC TV Centre all those years ago?

    Same as those decrying move from BBC TV Centre today.

    You still have your memories, as I do. No one can take them away.

    Move on enjoy the new BBC. It may be better, and actually, okay I have moaned, the BBC is still worth its licence fee.

    Auntie Beeb is aging, needs renewing.

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    Comment number 77.

    Even though I appreciate BBC TV Centre for its moment in broadcasting history, as I piece of architecture it is a 1950's monolith. Good riddance. Admittedly, I hope the redevelopment of the site will try and somehow encompass the broadcasting heritage that the BBC has left behind.


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