Situated in Langham Street behind Broadcasting House in
London's West End, Egton House was purchased by the BBC at the height of the
second world war and was used as BBC HQ after the bombing of Broadcasting
House in 1940.
Named after a small village in North Yorkshire, it
was the home of Radio 1
'Gramophone Department' production, and later housed the continuity
studios used by the Disc Jockeys on floors 3 & 4.
The vast BBC record
collection was stored on the ground and first floors. In 1992 it contained
over a million records. It was linked to BH via a subway beneath the
street. New studios were opened at Egton in 1985
with the latest available technology.
This investment avoided the DJ's having to share facilities with other
Radio 1 vacated Egton House in 1996, moving
a couple of streets away to
an imposing 1930's building; Yalding House, 152-156 Great Portland Street.
Egton House was classed as an
'eyesore' and was demolished in January 2003. Broadcasting
House is to be re-vamped to house all BBC Radio offices by 2008. The building
will include a new 'Egton Wing.'