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30/08/2004

BBC unveils plans for new media campus at Alexandra Palace

A plan to redevelop Alexandra Palace as a campus for the broadcast industry and the public was unveiled today.
Under the proposed plans, the building will be developed to offer education, training, heritage and entertainment facilities.
The proposal - bringing the industry and the public together on one site - is the result of a feasibility study commissioned by the Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust and the BBC's Heritage Department.
A consultation period will now begin to identify potential investors and third parties interested in working in partnership to realise the proposal.
The BBC will work with the Trust to share the idea with the rest of the broadcast industry.
The BBC's connection with Alexandra Palace dates back to 1935 when Corporation engineers first leased part of the site to trial the EMI-Marconi and Logie Baird television systems - the BBC remained on site until 1981.
"It would be fitting, nearly 70 years on, if we could help bring the industry behind another big idea that underlines the continuing role of the British media as a standard-setter for broadcasters everywhere," said Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General.
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