"Goodbye to Bush House" examines past 70 years as BBC World Service prepares to move its HQ (updated with part 2).

Posted: 03 Jan 2012   Print   Send a link
BBC World Service, "Your World," 26 Dec 2011: "The BBC World Service has been housed in Bush House since 1941. For over 70 years it has broadcast from this home in The Strand; through a World War, Cold War, decolonisation throughout Africa, the Iranian Revolution, Perestroika, Tiananmen Square, two Gulf Wars and into the new Millennium. Now it's leaving Bush, to join the rest of BBC News in one building elsewhere in London. To mark the occasion, this documentary series - presented by the former managing director of the World Service, John Tusa - combine memories with archive. He talks to producers and presenters who've worked in Bush House over the years, and reporters who've filed to London from all over the globe. ... John Tusa examines the key World Service values of impartiality, adherence to the truth and public service - did the BBC always live up to its own standards when reporting the world? When did it fall down and why?" With audio. First of a two-part series.

Update: Part 2 of "Goodbye to Bush House" is now available: BBC World Service, "Your World, 31 Dec 2011.