Where was the BBC’s First Home?

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It may be one of London’s premier music venues which stages everything from Vans’ Warped Tour to Led Zeppelin, but did you know that back in the day Alexandra Palace helped to put TV on the map? Once home to the BBC’s TV service, Alexandra Palace may not have been the corporation’s first choice but its elevated location sealed the deal. BBC Television was officially opened at Ally Pally on 2nd November 1936 but has since moved to Broadcasting House behind Oxford Circus.

Another venue in the area that has links to the world of television is the Wood Green Empire on Lymington Avenue which played host to Independent Television’s (ITV) variety programmes.

Both BBC and ITV may have left these iconic buildings but north London remains the spiritual home of TV.

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