The Story of Broadcasting House: Home of the BBC - Mark HinesLondon: Merrell in association with the BBC, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white profiles; Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece); List of sources; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Broadcasting House was built in central London in 1932 to house the headquarters of the BBC, which had been established only a decade earlier. The building quickly became an architectural icon — a symbol of broadcasting that is known throughout the world. In the early years of the new millennium it has been rescued from slow obsolescence and painstakingly refurbished to refit it for life as a modern broadcasting building.
This beautifully produced book charts the history of Broadcasting House from its construction to its refurbishment. Mark Hines tells the complete story of the building, from the BBC’s early years and its commissioning of the state-of-the-art headquarters, through the Second World War bombing and the decline of the building in the 1980s and 1990s, to its triumphant rebirth as a technologically advanced home for BBC Radio. Two pictorial ‘tours’ of Broadcasting House, one of the building when newly completed and one after its refurbishment, give a compelling picture of working life beyond its imposing bronze doors during the pioneering days of radio, and again in the digital age. Full of fascinating anecdotes and the personal accounts of those who built and have worked at Broadcasting House, the text captures perfectly the excitement of the first years of radio and the pioneering spirit of those who founded and shaped the BBC, as well as the make-do-and-mend ethos of the Corporation during the war and its reinvigoration for the new century.
With an entertaining foreword by broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan, and profusely illustrated with archival images and 70 stunning, specially commissioned photographs, The Story of Broadcasting House is the only comprehensive history of the building, and a unique celebration of an institution that is much loved the world over.”