BBC White City

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Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°13′36″W / 51.51389°N 0.22667°W / 51.51389; -0.22667

White City One in spring 2013

BBC White City refers both to a collection of BBC buildings at Wood Lane, White City in west London, and an office building (now known as White City One) opened in 1990 within that collection of buildings. White City One housed most of the BBC's current affairs and factual and learning programmes, such as Panorama, Top Gear, Watchdog and many others.

BBC White City is a short distance away from BBC Television Centre. The BBC is set to leave White City, with the buildings being demolished or converted into a new campus for Imperial College.[1] White City One was vacated in March 2013.[2]

Buildings[edit]

Another BBC building (Media Centre) in White City

The buildings are on the site of the Franco-British exhibition of 1908 and the White City Stadium, which hosted the 1908 Summer Olympics.[3]

A second phase of buildings was opened in 2004, known as the BBC Media Village. This new phase consists of the Broadcast Centre, the Media Centre, and two other office buildings: the North and South Perimeter buildings.

As of 2012 the boardroom in the headquarters hosted a number of historical artefacts including old TV cameras, a BBC Micro and an original iPod.[4] A portion of the building is also painted to resemble the BBC's iconic Test Card F design.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shepherds Bush Blog 10 January 2012 Retrieved March 2012
  2. ^ Errtibi, Rachid (28 March 2013). "Closure of the White City building". BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC buildings". BBC History. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2007. 
  4. ^ Bradshaw, Tim (6 March 2012). "BBC expects Olympics to usher in new TV age". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 March 2012.