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The last ever Tour of BBC Broadcasting House in pictures

Developed in partnership with contemporary artists and designers, both New and Old Broadcasting Houses are an established London landmark and were home to the corporation's first radio broadcast in 1932.

However, public tours to the building have now ceased, with Media Society members filling up the last ever tour on September 8, 2016.

New Broadcasting House

New Broadcasting House houses the largest newsroom in Europe, right above the Victoria tube line. It came to life for the first time on Sunday March 11, 2012 when the BBC’s Burmese Service went live.

The Andrew Marr Show was the first domestic TV news show sent out live from the building on Sunday September 2, 2012 and BBC World News was the first continuous television service to broadcast when it went live on 14 January 2013.

Old Broadcasting House

Sculptures of Ariel and Prospero from Shakespere's Tempest adorn the front of Old Broadcasting House. Ariel, the spirit of the air, was thought to be a fitting commission for the new venture of radio broadcasting.

The statues weren't without controversy though, with many outraged at Ariel's naked body. Rumour has it Lord Reith, the first director general of the BBC, was one of the many complainants, asking the sculptor to reduce the size of the offending member.

Old Broadcasting House is also filled with the previous BBC logo, on everywhere from the doors to the floors.

The One Show

With an average viewing figure of five million people, New Broadcasting House is also home to the One Show.

Our last tour also coincided with the show's tenth birthday - hence the balloons all around the studio.

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