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Public to be given BBC newsroom vantage in Broadcasting House revamp

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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 24, 2012 | 1 min read

A cafeteria in the BBC’s revamped Broadcasting House headquarters, which will soon open to the public, is to offer patrons a direct vantage point down onto the newsroom floor below.

Media Café customers will be able to watch well known presenters such as Huw Edwards and Gavin Esler go about their work whilst sipping a latte.

Some 6,000 staff will begin migrating to the glass ceilinged basement newsroom, the biggest in Europe, from next month, part of the new multimedia Broadcasting House complex at Portland Place, central London.

Helen Boaden, director of BBC News, said the complex would act as a “melting pot”, saying: “Simply being in the same building should encourage our ambition. The Today programme will have language service colleagues from the World Service in the same building. When there's a breaking foreign story, those World Service colleagues will be able to give the context for the Radio 4 audience.”

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