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BBC studios’ future uncertain with TVC sale

Kevin Hilton 18 July 2012
BBC studios' future uncertain with TVC sale

The BBC has completed the sale of Television Centre (TVC) to property development company Stanhope PLC for £200 million. Contracts were exchanged on 14 July, two days after the final BBC World Service broadcast was made from Bush House. TVC in west London was put on the market in June 2011, as BBC production and facilities staff prepared to relocate to new premises. BBC Sport and Children’s, along with Radio 5 Live, are now operating from offices and studios at MediaCityUK in Salford, while News is relocating to the refurbished Broadcasting House in central London. World Service Radio and Television began the transition to new studios at BH earlier this year. Phase one of an auction of equipment, including consoles, reel-to-reel tape machines and microphones, is already in progress online and is due to end in just over a week. A spokesman for auctioneers Peaker Pattinson said bidding on phase two is due to begin in September. This will include gear from over 40 studios, with brands including Calrec, Audix, Audionics and Rogers. Stanhope is not commenting on what TVC will be used for or what will happen to the facilities currently run there by BBC Studios and Post Production Limited. This operates 13 studios at TVC (TC4 pictured), along with 5.1 audio dubbing and editing rooms. BBC Studios and Post Production issued a statement saying it is "developing plans that will ensure it continues to offer high quality studios, post-production and digital media services to both commercial and BBC clients in the future. All of its high-end Television Centre technology and equipment can be easily relocated to ensure all client services are maintained." 

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