More memories of Bush House as BBC World Service prepares to move out.

Posted: 03 Mar 2012   Print   Send a link
Press Trust of India, 1 Mar 2012: "For almost 70 years, Bush House was the base from where the BBC broadcast to the world in many languages, reporting key events, but now a wave of nostalgia has swept across generations of Indian and other journalists as the BBC prepares to move out of the iconic building. Located next to the Indian high commission in The Strand, the imposing building hosted top leaders, celebrities and key individuals from across the world as London-based journalists well known to audiences in India and elsewhere interviewed them. For decades, the BBC Hindi Service was broadcast from Bush House, reporting key events such as Indira and Rajiv Gandhi's assassinations at a time when the news media in India was largely governed by perspectives of the state. ... The iconic home of the BBC World Service was designed by Harvey Corbett and built in 1923 with further wings added between 1928 and 1935. The quintessentially British building was originally constructed for an Anglo-American trading organisation headed by Irving T. Bush, after whom it is named. It opened in July 1925, and was then considered the most expensive building in the world, having cost around 2 million pounds. Over a Celtic altar at the centre of the portico is the inscription 'Dedicated to the friendship of English-speaking peoples'. ... However, the BBC has never owned Bush House. Its owners have been the Church of Wales, the Post Office and now a Japanese-owned organisation, but for millions of listeners in India and elsewhere it remains the building which mostly represents the BBC."

BBC Media Action blog, 2 Mar 2012, Kirsty Cockburn: "BBC World Service is moving to join its domestic news colleagues in Broadcasting House. And we at BBC Media Action will be moving too. In June we head to west London to the complex of BBC buildings known as White City. The BBC kindly provides office accommodation to us as a gift-in-kind. Although we are an independent charity BBC Media Action shares with the BBC strong partnerships, a common heritage, and the same values." -- BBC Media Action is the former BBC World Service Trust.

BBC News, 29 Feb 2012: "To coincide with this week's 80th anniversary celebrations of the World Service, staff members past and present have been reminiscing about their time spent in the iconic building." With video produced by Thomas Hannen and Owain Rich.