Tuesday, April 15, 2008
News on BBC Broadcasting House tour
BBC Tours today announced the BBC Broadcasting House tour. Discover the inside story of BBC Broadcasting House with a fascinating tour of the first purpose-built broadcast centre in Britain. Built in glorious art-deco style in 1932, the building has been undergoing sympathetic restoration and modernisation.
The tours, conducted by the BBC’s award-winning guides, are likely to include art-deco highlights, such as the famous main reception with its original mosaic floor; visits to the newly restored Radio Theatre, home to such iconic shows as The Goons and The News Quiz, the Council Chamber, where BBC Governors and Board meetings used to take place, and the new digital radio studios, where BBC Radio 3 and 4 are recorded; and a chance to hear the history of the famous Eric Gill sculptures that decorate the front of the building.
From summer 2008, the tours will also offer the chance to take part in a fully interactive Radio Drama Experience.
Tours last approximately one and a half hours and are suitable for those aged 12 years and above. Pre-booking is essential as tickets are not available on the day, and can be obtained by calling the booking line on +44 (0)870 603 03 04.
The dates for the 2008 tours are 11 May, 8 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November and 7 December.
Broadcasting House is located in Portland Place, Upper Regent Street in London and the nearest underground station is Oxford Circus.
(Source: BBC Press Office/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)