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Saturday, 21 May 2011

My PLACE: Andrew Colman, BBC NI

To mark its 70th Anniversary, Andrew Colman, former Head of News and Current Affairs at BBC NI, gives a history of BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast. The BBC is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Broadcasting House in Belfast with a special week of activities from 23-27 May 2011. Find out more via the BBC website.

Images and drawings courtesy of the BBCNI Community Archive.

The BBC station in Belfast began life in a converted linen warehouse in Linenhall Street. The premises were described as ‘extremely ugly and ill-shaped and most undignified in appearance.’ But more to the point they were soon too small for the growing staff and output, and the search began for a new home.

The Corporation looked seriously at a vacant site in Donegall Square, to the east of the City Hall, but eventually decided it needed a location in ‘a less pretentious quarter’ with ample room for expansion. It purchased a site adjoining its existing premises, but with a frontage on Ormeau Avenue, facing Dublin Road.


Saturday, 12 June 2010

"The reason why it was built was no longer there..."

A fascinating report from Thursday's Hearts & Minds explores Belfast's depopulation and disconnection. The Forum for Alternative Belfast repeat their calls for a return to city centre living.

BBC iPlayer: Hearts & Minds 10th June 2010 (starts at 11m 18s; available until 17th June)

Thursday, 1 April 2010

"The History of the City" from In Our Time


Above: Victorian London around 1900 via mdavids2000 on Flickr

Now available on the iPlayer, two editions of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on "The History of the City".

The first programme takes the long view from Mesopotamia in the 8th Century BC up until the milestone of London passing 1 million inhabitants in 1801. The second episode, which aired this morning, focuses on the explosion of development from the 19th century to the present which has transformed both city centres and vast swathes of their surrounding landscapes.

Panelists include Peter Hall, Tristram Hunt and Ricky Burdett.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time - The History of the City, Part 1 and Part 2

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Bill Drummond on his connections to Belfast

Above: Bill Drummond with his Belfast twin city sign - via Moochin Photoman on Flickr

Having been visiting Belfast for 50 years, Bill Drummond goes on a "re-imaginative" tour of the city, discussing architectural heritage with Marcus Patton, the docks with Glenn Patterson, the city's acoustics (including Fountain Street) with Florian Hollerweger and Victoria Square and the Cathedral Quarter with Marie-Louise Muir.

"For me, Belfast will always be a place where the imagination can take flight," says Drummond.

(Thanks to Alan in Belfast for the link.)