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looking forward to Richard Thompson in BBC4 at 10.30

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Madness just joined on stage by Wilko. :)

I hope I get to see him on tour

bloody hel the tours over.

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that was a top turn. :D

not normally keen.

but that was rather fun

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not normally keen.

but that was rather fun

That's the thing with Madness.

They're just bloody good fun.

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That's the thing with Madness.

They're just bloody good fun.

thats so true they look like they are enjoying themselves unlike most groups now who seem to think they are doing us a favour playing.

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Madness were terrific (Suggs born in Hastings), the tribute after on BBC4 was also pretty good, lots of nostalgia, but, they still need to close it down, there was undue critique of moving to Salford by Danny (I've never been outside the M25) Baker, who said there had never been a decent programme made regionally. Who let him on? Bigot. The BBC stands for the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation, Not the Baker B.C., nor should it be biased towards London like Baker suggested. There is more talent in the "Regions" than in London.

There will still be excellent, award winning programmes made by the Beeb, just because it's no longer based in W12, exclusively, doesn't mean that ideas will dry up, a lot of briliant ideas came from outside London.

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Madness were terrific (Suggs born in Hastings), the tribute after on BBC4 was also pretty good, lots of nostalgia, but, they still need to close it down, there was undue critique of moving to Salford by Danny (I've never been outside the M25) Baker, who said there had never been a decent programme made regionally. Who let him on? Bigot. The BBC stands for the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation, Not the Baker B.C., nor should it be biased towards London like Baker suggested. There is more talent in the "Regions" than in London.

There will still be excellent, award winning programmes made by the Beeb, just because it's no longer based in W12, exclusively, doesn't mean that ideas will dry up, a lot of briliant ideas came from outside London.

I hope David Attenborough reminded him that the natural history programmes have been made in Bristol for the last 50 years ...

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looking forward to Richard Thompson in BBC4 at 10.30

Yeah, that was good. (Apart from the traditionally awful BBC TV sound production). Quite impressed by the stuff from his new album. Bit scary how much his daughter Kami looks like her mother, though.

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The staff dancing at the windows while Madness played. :D

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Madness were terrific (Suggs born in Hastings), the tribute after on BBC4 was also pretty good, lots of nostalgia, but, they still need to close it down, there was undue critique of moving to Salford by Danny (I've never been outside the M25) Baker, who said there had never been a decent programme made regionally. Who let him on? Bigot. The BBC stands for the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation, Not the Baker B.C., nor should it be biased towards London like Baker suggested. There is more talent in the "Regions" than in London.

There will still be excellent, award winning programmes made by the Beeb, just because it's no longer based in W12, exclusively, doesn't mean that ideas will dry up, a lot of briliant ideas came from outside London.

Wrong end of the stick, what he said was people don't give a stuff if things are regional or not which is right. People don't say "That was good, it was regional". Outside of news, It's an irrelevance to anyone who isn't bound by a quota at the BBC.

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And anyway, the BBC will be making programmes at Television Centre for a fair while yet. They are taking out a 15 year lease to carry on using studios and office space there.

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And anyway, the BBC will be making programmes at Television Centre for a fair while yet. They are taking out a 15 year lease to carry on using studios and office space there.

So it was akin to a Stacey Jones retirement party?!

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I used to work there, and my brother-in-law did until last week, so straight from the horses mouth - the majority of TV Centre will be redeveloped. Stage 5, the newest building, will be refurbished and continue to be rented out as office space for the BBC. Two of the studios will be refurbished and hired by the BBC as studio space starting in 2015. The famous doughnut, the original centrepiece of the site, will be converted into a hotel whilst the rest of the site will be demolished and turned into flats.

The problem with the future use of the studios for making programmes is that the plans state 2015, but the nearest flats being built to the studios will only be constructed after the studios have come back into use. Considering that no-one is currently allowed to use a drill near to the studios when filming is taking place (because of the noise) I'm not entirely sure how the developers plan on demolishing buildings and constructing flats. No-one at the BBC would be surprised if they never get around to moving back to the studios there.

The scandal in all of this is that the BBC have sold TV Centre for 200million quid and then spent a billion (double the original costings) on Broadcasting House. So they've lost a genuinely iconic building, for peanuts, and spent a fortune on a building that only BBC News cares about. Unfortunately, News has always had way too much influence with management at the Beeb and they've done their level best to screw everyone else whilst getting an expensive refurbishment for themselves.

btw The BBC lease on Salford ranges from 2-10 years. And pretty much everyone who's working there agrees that the set up is poor, from facilities through to equipment. And Peel are massively overcharging on every single item they provide. So I'd not be surprised if they move on in ten years time to somewhere else.

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Oh yes, I nearly forgot. A couple of weeks back Vernon Kay was spotted by security trying to remove the number from his dressing room door. A little keepsake I suppose. They stopped him leaving and, in front of everybody else, made him screw the number back on.

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Madness were terrific (Suggs born in Hastings), the tribute after on BBC4 was also pretty good, lots of nostalgia, but, they still need to close it down, there was undue critique of moving to Salford by Danny (I've never been outside the M25) Baker, who said there had never been a decent programme made regionally.

Presumably he doesn't watch the BBC's excellent natural history programmes, which are made in Bristol and have been for years!

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Presumably he doesn't watch the BBC's excellent natural history programmes, which are made in Bristol and have been for years!

See Amber Avenger's clarification post. That wasn't the point Baker was making.

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I used to work there, and my brother-in-law did until last week, so straight from the horses mouth - the majority of TV Centre will be redeveloped. Stage 5, the newest building, will be refurbished and continue to be rented out as office space for the BBC. Two of the studios will be refurbished and hired by the BBC as studio space starting in 2015. The famous doughnut, the original centrepiece of the site, will be converted into a hotel whilst the rest of the site will be demolished and turned into flats.

The problem with the future use of the studios for making programmes is that the plans state 2015, but the nearest flats being built to the studios will only be constructed after the studios have come back into use. Considering that no-one is currently allowed to use a drill near to the studios when filming is taking place (because of the noise) I'm not entirely sure how the developers plan on demolishing buildings and constructing flats. No-one at the BBC would be surprised if they never get around to moving back to the studios there.

The scandal in all of this is that the BBC have sold TV Centre for 200million quid and then spent a billion (double the original costings) on Broadcasting House. So they've lost a genuinely iconic building, for peanuts, and spent a fortune on a building that only BBC News cares about. Unfortunately, News has always had way too much influence with management at the Beeb and they've done their level best to screw everyone else whilst getting an expensive refurbishment for themselves.

btw The BBC lease on Salford ranges from 2-10 years. And pretty much everyone who's working there agrees that the set up is poor, from facilities through to equipment. And Peel are massively overcharging on every single item they provide. So I'd not be surprised if they move on in ten years time to somewhere else.

I wonder if you can help me

what are those white discs on the side of the wall?

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I wonder if you can help me

what are those white discs on the side of the wall?

I go past sometimes on the Hammersmith and City line on my way to the office .I'll have a look and try to see what they are.

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I go past sometimes on the Hammersmith and City line on my way to the office .I'll have a look and try to see what they are.

you are very kind

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I wonder if you can help me

what are those white discs on the side of the wall?

From memory they're lights, but I may be wrong.

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