|BBC Broadcasting House, Cardiff|
The former television building of Broadcasting House, Cardiff
|Address||Llantrisant Road, Llandaff|
|Town or city||Cardiff|
|Inaugurated||1 March 1967|
|Owner||BBC Cymru Wales|
|Design and construction|
Broadcasting House was the former headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales' radio, television and online services, situated in north Cardiff. The purpose-built facility opened in 1966 and consists of three blocks containing studios, offices and technical facilities.
The building housed the national broadcaster for Wales, providing a range of English and Welsh language content for audiences across Wales on television, radio and online.
Broadcasting House was designed by Welsh architect Dale Owen (1924–97).Construction began in 1963. The BBC moved into the building in 1966, which houses production and technical facilities, and has been the principal base for BBC Cymru Wales since then. It was officially opened by Princess Margaret on St David's Day (1 March) 1967.
The building is located in the Llandaff area of northern Cardiff, near the River Taff. It is close to Danescourt railway station and served by several Cardiff Bus services.
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) and the BBC National Chorus of Wales moved out of Studio 1 at Broadcasting House into a new facility, BBC Hoddinott Hall at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2009. Much of the BBC television drama studio facilities moved out in 2011 to a new facility in Roath Lock, Cardiff Bay.
In August 2013, it was announced that Broadcasting House and Ty Oldfield (Oldfield House), which is opposite Broadcasting House, was for sale, with plans to move to a new a purpose-built headquarters in Cardiff by 2018. The BBC has said that the "ageing infrastructure at Llandaff is clearly reaching the end of the road and it is time to look to the future". It was said that they considered three possible sites in Cardiff;
In 2014, it was confirmed that Broadcasting House and Ty Oldfield would be demolished and turned into 400 residential units.
The BBC confirmed in 2015 that Central Square would be the location of their new headquarters building.The BBC began to move out of the Llandaff studios during 2019. Wales Today were the last to make the move on 25 September 2020. In September 2020, BBC Wales closed Broadcasting House and completed the move to Central Square. The keys the site will be handed over to housing developers on 1 February 2021.
Television programmes produced at Broadcasting House Cardiff included BBC Wales Today , Newyddion , Doctor Who Confidential , The Chatterley Affair , Pobol y Cwm , Belonging , High Hopes , Satellite City and The District Nurse .[ citation needed ]
It was announced in March 2009 that the BBC would move the filming of shows such as Casualty and Crimewatch to the Roath Lock studios in Cardiff.
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