Friday, September 18, 2015

Less stately

Staff at the BBC's listening post in Caversham have been told they could be on the move. Around 200 work for BBC Monitoring, based in the Grade II-listed mansion for over 70 years, capturing and translating news in more than 70 languages. Other BBC occupants are the Written Archives and BBC Radio Berkshire, home of such radio luminaries as Tony Blackburn, Paul Ross and Anne Diamond.

The BBC say the building is "under-occupied" (At its Second World War peak, it housed 1,000 staff; this week came news of more cuts, with four Senior Management posts being reduced to two). There is one other tenant Who We Don't Talk About - the UK operation of the National Intelligence Open Source Center, a division of the CIA, which leads to pretty tight security around the site.

If the BBC moves out, the grounds will also be missed. Under previous HR boss Lucy Adams, teepees were hired for a groovy People conference with a Glasto feel.

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