Why the BBC moved up

The building that journalists and technical services moved into is not new at all for the BBC. It is an equally famous Broadcasting House located off Regent Street. In it, the World Service has been located since its founding in December 1932. The corporation was then called Imperial Service. The move in 1941 was a forced measure — a German bomb hit Broadcasting House, the building was badly damaged, and it became impossible to operate in it.

In May 1965, the Imperial Service was renamed “BBC World Service”. It has become synonymous with the voice of the UK, which has been distinctly heard on the international information scene.

The history of Bush House is closely linked not only to the history of the BBC, but also to those journalists of the corporation who worked within its walls. Journalist and writer J. Orwell, author of the dystopian novel “1984″ describes in it the famous offices and corridors of Bush House, which became the prototype for the offices of the Ministry of Truth in the novel. In the final broadcast, lasting 5 minutes, a farewell word to the corridors of Bush House was told by BBC Director-General Mark Thompson. He compared it to the Tower of Babel, which became the scene for many famous historical broadcast moments.

The change of location of the broadcast editorial office is due to a fairly banal reason The BBC has moved to its original address as Bush House’s lease ends at the end of 2012 and its owner, who lives in Japan, is not going to renew the contract. There is no hoot without goodness, though. Under the roof of Broadcasting House, all divisions of the corporation will operate: its World Service, News and World News services, and BBC London’s local broadcasting division. They are now united in a single news editorial.

The equipment of the old studios located in Bush House will be put up at an online auction. Already from July 13 it will be possible to buy any thing — from microphones and headphones to vintage grand piano “Steinway” and numerous photos of celebrities.

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