Farewell, Bvsh Hovse 

12 July 2012 tbs.pm/1301

As from 11am GMT today, Bush House in The Strand, opposite the old Associated-Rediffusion HQ Television House, no longer houses the BBC World Service. The international arm of the world’s least worst broadcaster has moved in with the hoi polloi of the home services at the newly expanded Broadcasting House. The building now stands mostly empty, its Japanese landlord awaiting new tenants or other offers.

Here’s how the BBC bowed out of Bush House after almost 72 years:

The move has not gone unmarked, with the BBC themselves doing a featurette online while the Grauniad adds a very small selection of photographs.

You can see more photographs with a search of flickr, including many that are part of our flickr group.

It may be goodbye to Bvsh Hovse, but at least the World Service survives, despite attempts to destroy it by various governments, culminating in it falling back into being licence funded last year in the malicious settlement that the Culture Secretary, BSkyB cheerleader Jeremy Hunt, came up with entirely on his own without being asked to by James Murdoch AT ALL. Other countries have not been so lucky, with Radio Netherlands Worldwide being just the latest international broadcaster to fall silent.

Bush House is dead. Long live the BBC.

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2 responses to this article

Andrew Bowden 14 July 2012 at 5:41 pm

I worked at Bush House between 2000 and 2003 and it was truly an amazing place. You’d wander round and find studios tucked randomly up corridors, or get in a lift to the strains of people talking in many languages. The Club in the basement with its fishtank in the wall was such a great place to drink on a Friday evening, and there was fun galore during the World Cup!

Working there felt special – it’s just one of those places where you feel lucky to have worked. I doubt I will ever work anywhere as amazing as Bush House in my life.

Joseph Gallant 24 July 2012 at 6:27 pm

The BBC World Service leaving Bush House would be equivalent to NBC’s New York operation leaving 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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