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?