This week my blogging has been overtaken by events in real life and in work. I was surprised and pleased to wake up in between night shifts to hear the news that the BBC's Egton House was to be renamed the John Peel Wing. It was quite uncanny to find this out as I had been working there a few hours earlier, in 'Egton', and would be back that night, in 'The John Peel Wing'. Naturally the change hasn't filtered through to our bookings and allocations but I will be investigating this on Monday morning!
I have worked in this wing since it opened in 2007 and I knew nothing of the name change until it was news. The building at the moment contains three distinctive parts of the BBC, namely BBC Arabic, BBC Persian and BBC London, so the John Peel connection isn't immediately obvious. The original Egton House was in Langham Street and was the home of Radio 1 between 1985 and 1996, and it was also the home to the millions of records and CDs that made up the Gramophone Library. The building was demolished in 2003 to make way for the new phase of rebuilding that will eventually culminate in the opening of the New Broadcasting House in the next few months, a building that will link old Broadcasting House to the John Peel Wing and will be the home of most of the BBC's radio output.