The British Broadcasting Corporation is one of the most recognisable and trusted broadcasting outlets in the world. Since it was founded in 1922, the BBC has maintained its responsibility to provide impartial public service broadcasting.
As a consequence of its committal to quality, the BBC’s films, documentaries, plays, concerts and serials are shown throughout the world.
The thrust of BBC operations have always occurred in London. Its headquarters are in the Broadcasting House in Portland Place which underwent a lengthy renovation project emerging as state-of-the-art building earlier this year.
This summer the Queen officially opened the rebuilt Broadcasting House, which is home to approximately 6,000 London-based staff. The Queen visited the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, the Today Studio and the newsroom where she appeared behind newsreaders on air.
If you want to follow in the Queen’s footsteps, BBC tours are held in Broadcasting House seven days a week. Visitors can watch a camera’s eye view of the big screen as live news broadcasts are beamed out to the nation.
Visitors also have the opportunity to read the news or the weather in the interactive studios. They are also shown how BBC dramas are made and given the opportunity to make their own radio play with music and sound effects.
Every tour is that little bit different from the last as it all depends what is going on inside Broadcasting House on the day. Typically the tour takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.
Tickets cost £13.50 for adults and £9.00 for children over the age of nine. Children under nine are not allowed to participate in the tours due to the fact the House is a working studio 24/7 and there are areas where silence must be observed.
For more information and to book tickets for these entertaining, educational and interactive BBC tours visit the BBC website.