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Broadcasting House is the headquarters of the BBC, in Portland Place and Langham Place, London. The first radio broadcast was made on 15 March 1932, and the building was officially opened two months later, on 15 May. The main building is in Art Deco style, with a facing of Portland stone over a steel frame. It is a Grade II* listed building and includes the BBC Radio Theatre, where music and speech programmes are recorded in front of a studio audience, and lobby that was used as a location for filming the 1998 BBC television series In the Red.[1]

As part of a major consolidation of the BBC's property portfolio in London, Broadcasting House has been extensively renovated and extended. This involved the demolition of post-war extensions on the eastern side of the building, replaced by a new wing completed in 2005. The wing was named the "John Peel Wing" in 2012, after the disc jockey.

Studios:Edit

Original/Old Studios:Edit

Studio Number Name Usage
8A Military Band Studio Large band and vaudeville performances
8B Small Debates Studio A small informally designed studio to encourage lively and confident debate
7A Production Studio Acoustically dead studio, one section of a drama.
7B Production Studio Speech in a play, drama, and piano performances.
7C Production Studio Acoustically dead small drama studio.
7D Effects Studio Small effects studio for producing foley
7E Gramophone Effects Studio Small studio for producing effects from or involving gramophones
6A Production Studio Double height, large production studio for drama productions
6B Production Studio Small drama studio
6C Production Studio Acoustically dead small drama studio.
6D Effects Studio Main effects studio for the production of foley, with different floor coverings and coverings on the main table to achieve different effects, containing items including a wind machine and a water tank
6E Gramophone Effects Studio Small studio for producing effects from or involving gramophones
4A News Studio Acoustically dead small studio for reading news bulletins. Contained gramophone records to be played in the event of an interruption
4B News Studio Acoustically dead small news studio with record players
3A Production Studio A double-height large studio used for Children's Hour, chamber music recitals and the BBC Dance Orchestra
3B Talks Studio A small talks studio for unrehearsed debates
3C Talks Studio An acoustically dead small talks studio for unrehearsed debates
3D Library Talks Studio A small talks studio for speeches and debates. It was decorated in the style of a personal library or study for the benefit of elderly or lordly speakers
3E Religious Studio A double-height large studio with a balcony, designed for religious broadcasts with a focus on all religions so that any religious member would feel comfortable. It was soon disused as listeners preferred the sound of a real church and congregation
The Concert Hall A very large double-height concert hall for orchestras playing classical music. It contains a large space for the orchestra, a large section and a balcony for seating, and the first organ suitable for broadcasting. It was renamed the Radio Theatre in 1994
BA Vaudeville Studio A double-height studio with balcony for theatre and variety performances, with an audience of 60.
BB Dance Band Studio A double-height studio with a small balcony for an audience for the BBC Dance Orchestra. It was taken over for experimental television broadcasts on 22 August 1932

Current:Edit

Studio Name Users Programmes
30A BBC Radio 3
30B BBC Radio 3
30C BBC Radio 3
30D BBC Radio 3
40A BBC Radio 4
  • Long Wave continuity studio
  • Yesterday in Parliament
  • The Daily Service
  • Test Match Special
  • The Shipping Forecast
40B BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Radio 4 continuity studio
51A BBC Radio 5 Live
60A

BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 Extra

BBC World Service

  • Radio Drama
62A BBC World Service
  • Focus On Africa
82A

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Asian Network

  • The Radio 1 Breakfast Show
82B

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Asian Network

82C

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Asian Network

82D

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Asian Network

82E

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Asian Network

82F

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Asian Network

82G

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Newsbeat (15-minute bulletins)
82H

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Newsbeat (hourly bulletins)
83A BBC Asian Network
  • News studio
S31

BBC World Service

BBC Radio 4

S32

BBC World Service

BBC Radio 4

  • Newsday
  • World Update
  • The World At One
  • PM
S33 BBC Radio 4
  • Today
  • The World Tonight
S34 BBC World Service
  • World Briefing
S42

BBC World Service

BBC Radio 4

S46

BBC World Service

BBC Radio 4

SL1

BBC World Service

BBC Radio 4

  • World Briefing
  • Six O'Clock News
  • Midnight News
34D BBC World Service
  • BBC Arabic Television
  • BBC Perian Television recordings (some)
  • BBC Hindi
44D BBC World Service
  • BBC Arabic Television
  • BBC Urdu
54D BBC World Service
  • BBC Persian Television
A <multipurpose>
  • Newswatch
  • BBC News at Nine
  • BBC News Summary
  • BBC London News (temporary)
B <multipurpose>
  • The Andrew Marr Show
  • Sunday Politics
  • Newsnight
  • BBC World News (weekdays at 12:00-18:30)
    • GMT
    • Impact
    • Global
    • World Have Your Say
    • Focus On Africa
    • World Business Report
C

BBC World News

BBC News

  • BBC World News
  • World Business Report
  • BBC News at Five
  • The Film Review
  • Newsday
  • World News Today
  • Business Edition
  • BBC World News specials
  • HARDtalk
D BBC London
  • BBC London News
E BBC News
  • BBC News at One
  • BBC News at Six
  • BBC News at Nine
  • BBC News at Ten
  • BBC Weekend News
  • BBC News Channel
  • Dateline London
F BBC News
  • 60 Seconds
G BBC Weather
  • CSO (Green/Blue) Studio
H BBC Weather
  • CSO (Green/Blue) Studio
J

BBC Weather

BBC World News

  • Plasma touch-screen newsroom mezzanine position, Outside Source (TV)
K <multipurpose>
  • Meet The Author
  • BBC Parliament (overnight)
L BBC World Service TV
  • BBC Swahili
    • Dira Ya Duria
  • BBC Russian
    • BBC Russian bulletins
  • BBC Pashto
    • BBC Pashto Bulletins
    • BBC Pashto business show & news review
    • Youth Debate
  • BBC Burmese
    • BBC Burmese bulletins
  • BBC Kryrgyz
    • BBC Kryrgyz bulletins
  • BBC Afrique
    • BBC Afrique bulletins
    • BBC Afrique business show
    • BBC Afrique news review
  • BBC World Service specials
V BBC One
  • The One Show
Newsroom <multipurpose>
  • Reporters
  • Click
  • BBC News
  • BBC World News
  • Weekend World
  • Points of View
  • Outside Source

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