Talk:Broadcasting House

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Merge[edit]

Does this article need to be merged with the main article BBC? Svest 07:34, Apr 24, 2005 (UTC)

Probably not. I know this is an old comment, but I'm still answering your question either way. I think this article is notable enough to stand alone. --WikiFanaticTalk Contribs 1:11, 28 Sep 2005 (CDT)

No. The building itself is a notable structure and its design is of general architectural interest, as well as being interesting for the fact that it's one of the earliest structures designed specifically for sound studios. Cjs (talk) 07:10, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

Neutral POV[edit]

Are we sure this is a neautral POV article? A modern mind can't fully comprehend how miraculous and transformative Radio was in the early 20th century. The architecture of Broadcasting House reflects those intense early attitudes about Radio, Progress and Science. That doesn't sound wholly neautral to me. --Silex 12:48, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

Internal Links Added[edit]

I have added Internal Links to this article. Kathleen.wright5 08:20, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

And I've RVed them - as I've said elsewhere - many seem unnecessary & just toooo many redlinks created!
Please don't create redlinks (look here) or link every other common word in articles..... Zir 20:35, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

Underground Platform[edit]

Does the article really need this speculative section on it? The only reference is to a website that concludes that there is no real hard evidence of it's existence. KlickingKarl (talk) 13:11, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

The myth of the link to the Underground is debunked in Mark Hines excellent book - The Story of Broadcasting House http://www.markhines.co.uk/projectDetails.asp?projectid=24 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.194.38.213 (talk) 10:36, 18 May 2009 (UTC)


I agree this is not really needed. The speculation generally comes from a stairway which led down from the old World War Two air shelter, called the "Stronghold". This was under the extension and wasted much of the space below ground as the rooms were too small and the walls too think to do anything with it except use it for minor store rooms and echo chambers. In fact, the stairway led to a sewage pump which serviced the male and female lavatories which the stronghold had, should staff have to remain there for long periods. It might be worth while mentioning the Stronghold, only in that it was quite a major task to demolish it when BHX was knocked down. Stephen.redburn (talk) 15:13, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Building Design[edit]

The original building was not completed to its designed extent before the war. There was to be a wing roughly over the bunker, an extension of the façade, designed by the original architect, which is detailed in this book: London's secret Tubes 979-1854142831 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.240.231.55 (talk) 22:56, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Actually, it was completed to the original design; at the time it was designed it wasn't even thought that the whole building would be used. The extension you describe was just that, an extension planned later. It was only after the building was occupied that it was realized that the BBC was growing far faster than anticipated. See [1] for details. Cjs (talk) 07:19, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

Restructuring 2011-05-12[edit]

I have just finished restructuring the page so that it contains more information and so that the parts about the renovation make sense, as before some were confusing as to what was occuring where. I hope i have cleared it up.

Please feel free to change what i have done, however i have tried to do it as best i can.

all information from the following sources. It doesn't citate everywhere due to time restrictions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/broadcastinghouse/aboutthebuilding/present.html instead.

Regards --Rafmarham (talk) 20:44, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

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Broadcasting House Room 101[edit]

This entry states that George Orwell based his Room 101 in "1984" on a conference room in Broadcasting House, yet under the entry for Bush House, where Orwell worked during WW2, it states that Room 101 is there. These two statements cannot both be right, but they may both be wrong.

Sean O'Connell - sean_oconnell@mail.com 24.86.164.186 (talk) 21:08, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

Ironic art work[edit]

Considering that almost all the BBC's presenters from the 60s and 70s are eventually going to be banged up for being sex cases, shouldn't it be noted that the writing been on the wall for the BBC since its headquarters opened in the 1920s? Quite literally in fact because the exterior statues were designed by Eric Gill, a most glorious British Establishment pervert who often raped his daughters while reciting the passages from the Bible, however it has never been clarified whether he did this when he also sodomised his pet dog, too!! 86.160.191.67 (talk) 10:54, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Although you do make a genuine point (that Eric Gill was a well-known sex offender) I'm not entirely sure what you aim to achieve by wrapping it up in the way you have. Do you want this information put on the page? Or are you just venting a fairly obvious contempt for the BBC? In either case, this talk page is somewhere to discuss the article in question, and not post idle gossip or speculation as you have done. Similarly, opinions should never be apparent in a Wikipedia article, and your statement that "the writing has been on the wall for the BBC" is purely opinion. All available facts at the moment show that (although the BBC may be in a bad way) it's not about to shut up shop altogether. Aw16 (talk) 12:28, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Title of page[edit]

Everyone in the media is referring to the new building as "New Broadcasting House", yet the Wikipedia page with that title refers to the BBC's former north-west of England headquarters. Shouldn't the main reference be to this page? 82.33.37.238 (talk) 09:05, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Very good point. I suggest the page for the Manchester building be renamed "New Broadcating House (Manchester)" and that "New Broadcasting House" become a redirect to this article. -- Alarics (talk) 09:20, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
 Done. Has the building been officially renamed though? If so it would seem more sensible to retitle this page and set up "Broadcasting House" as the redirect. GDBarry (talk) 08:25, 12 June 2013 (UTC)
It looks as if Broadcasting House is still the official name. The BBC itself refers to "the new Broadcasting House" (with a small n) but also, at the same time, just to Broadcasting House. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/the-queen-opens-nbh.html. I have the impression that "New Broadcasting House", if it is the official title of anything, perhaps means just the new part of the building. I think we had better leave this article title unchanged. -- Alarics (talk) 08:59, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I've added a sentence to the introduction to clarify this. GDBarry (talk) 09:33, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Registered Office[edit]

Although this is the BBC HQ building, it is not the registered office. As a check with Companies House will confirm, as a body incorporated by Royal Charter rather than a registered company, the concept of 'registered office' does not apply to the BBC. Mauls (talk) 21:41, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Cycle parking?[edit]

Trying to find out if the site has cycle parking facilities. Nothing on the BBCs own web site and no obvious contact point. If someone knows could it be added here? New marinheiro (talk) 14:44, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Leaning tower of Langham Place?[edit]

The photo being used, while very 'artistic', doesn't fulfil images should look like what they are meant to illustrate. Broadcasting House wasn't leaning backwards last time I was there! ps it is also used on Langham Place.Pincrete (talk) 19:05, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

What you're seeing is an optical illusion due to the angle at which the photograph was taken and the nature of the camera used to take it. Yes, it would be nice if someone would get in there with a view camera capable of correcting the parallax problem and take a less distorted photo. However, until then, this seems the best we've got. Cjs (talk) 07:25, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

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