The BBC is to close its iconic Maida Vale Studios, which have played host to generations of pop stars, from The Beatles to Adele.
Director general Tony Hall announced the closure in an email to staff on Tuesday morning, saying the complex would be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility in east London.
The move means the BBC will “be able to record and broadcast more live music than ever before,” he added.
It is expected to be ready by 2022.
The BBC hopes to relocate most of Maida Vale’s functions to the Olympic Park in Stratford, alongside other arts organisations including the V&A, Sadler’s Wells and the London College of Fashion.
[blogger’s note – The Beatles visited the studios on many occasions to make their BBC radio recordings]