Gas Street Studios
|Gas Street Studios|
Gas Street Studios as it appears today.
|Alternative names||The Birmingham Studios|
|Location||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Current tenants||ITV Central|
|Landlord||Cube Real Estate|
Gas Street Studios is a studio complex operated by ITV plc in Birmingham, England. The complex is currently only used by ITV Central for the broadcast of ITV News Central and much of the complex has been sold off for other uses. The complex had also previously been used for other broadcasts including the former home of CITV.
In 1994, Central's new owners Carlton Communications acquired land on Gas Street, Birmingham, to begin work on building a new digital studio complex, with the intention of replacing Central's Broad Street studios. The new centre was completed in 1997, when Central West's regional news department moved from its Broad Street base. A tribute to the Broad Street studios was broadcast on Central News West.
The studios were originally designed to have the "Central Cake" logo but the original branding of the studios was the Carlton logo, this was used until 2004. When Carlton merged with Granada it featured ITV Central branding which was updated in 2006 when the new ITV logo came into use.
The complex was used for the in vision continuity links for CITV until this was moved to Granada Studios in Manchester in 2004. From its opening until 2005 it was where ITV Central continuity was handled which was the last to stop being produced locally after ITV switched to national continuity in 2002 which was broadcast from Chiswick.
Gas Street studios also housed the Central playout until October 2004 when ITV plc closed Central's presentation/transmission department and moved the transmission to the Northern Transmission Centre in Leeds.
All networked programming for the ITV network from Gas Street ceased in 2005 leaving only the ITV News Central production from the studios. Central News East was moved to the studios on 5th February 2005 following the closure of Carlton Studios in Nottingham. The East Midlands version of Central News was then presented from Studio E at Gas street until 23 February 2009 when the both regions started using the same programme.
The only programme currently broadcast from the studios is ITV Central news programme ITV News Central.
The national ITV plc feedback service (ITV viewer services) is also based at the complex.
ITV have since also sold the Gas Street office building to Cube Real Estate, a commercial property developer, which has refurbished the interior of the building. While Central maintains office space and a single ground floor studio, the other studio and floors are available to rent as office space. The property is marketed as 22 Gas Street.