BBC Completes Sale Of Television Centre, In The Same Week As Bush House Closes Doors To World Service

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It really is the end of an era for those who love, and have worked at, the BBC.

In the same week as Bush House on Aldwych closed its doors for the final time to the World Service, the BBC has announced that it has completed the sale of Television Centre in Shepherds Bush.

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Television Centre - for many years the home of BBC Television

The building in West London, built around a fountain in the famous doughnut-shaped structure, has been picked up by properly developers Stanhope Plc for £200m, with contracts exchanged on Saturday, the BBC confirms today.

The BBC has had a 'For Sale' sign on TVC since June last year. The main circular building was given Grade II listed status by English Heritage in 2009.

A catalogue of stars have passed through its corridors, in the 40 years of its use as the country's major television studios.

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Bush House closed its doors to the World Service for the final time last week

Crowds of star-struck teenagers would regularly crowd outside the gates on Shepherds Bush's Wood Lane on the days when Top of the Pops, Saturday Superstore and Live and Kicking were welcoming pop stars to their Green Rooms.

Other iconic spots include the Blue Peter Garden with its statue of Petra, and the Blue Peter mural which sat on one of the building's outside walls until it disappeared when a news extension was added more recently.

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