Television Centre, the BBC's television hub, the iconic asbestos-ridden 1960s building, which was the home of all BBC television for so long has been sold to a developer for £200 million - just £3 million less than the annual wage bill for their star performers. Contracts were exchanged on Saturday. In theory the building is Grade II listed and cannot be modified; however it seems likely that the buyer will try to get around that.
production has been migrating to "Manchester" over the last few years.
"Manchester" because in fact the new site is Salford Quays which is a
piece of scrub land on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.
Site has been developed by a company called Peel Group which has built
the studio space. The studios are now operated by Peel Media. Peel Group
has also built several blocks of luxury apartments to house the
incoming television workers. These apartments are available to rent or
buy from Peel Property; parking spaces cost extra; and once ensconced the
TV worker will be paying a ground rent to Peel Group and buying his/her
electricity and water from Peel Power.
Peel Group is
majority owned by an individual called John Whittaker. Persuading the
government that the Beeb should move north to a patch of land he owns
has been a real coup for him. Henceforth, by direct and indirect means a
substantial fraction of your license fee will be landing in his pocket.