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Hosting a chain gang at TVC

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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 09:10 UK time, Friday, 18 March 2011

The BBC welcomes many visitors to its various locations across the UK and recently I had the opportunity of welcoming a group of mayors from the London Boroughs. But what do you call a group of civic dignitaries and how does one address them as a group? Essentially, I found out that whenever a group of Mayors are gathered they’re affectionately known as the 'chain gang'!

The purpose of their visit was to see Television Centre and to build their understanding of how the BBC delivers great content from one of the world’s first purpose built broadcasting centres. This is the third year running that the BBC has hosted a visit of this nature and is part of our programme of opening up the BBC to audiences. During the past few years, upwards of 50,000 visitors have had the opportunity to peek behind the scenes at Television Centre.

The visit went well and our guests had a chance to see the BBC newsroom and even the famous Blue Peter Garden.

Plus I now know the collective noun for a group of mayors!


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Chris,
    I work in workplace in a big four firm. I'd be really interested in hearing your views on the changing nature of work - flexible/agile/dynamic and the other names it's given. Is there a way to contact you?

  • Comment number 2.

    To WKPLC
    happy to chat on this blog, after all that's what it was designed for. Actually I will be starting a series of Blogs shortly on this very subject.
    Chris K


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