Bush House was the iconic home that housed the BBC world service in central London that aimed a beacon of truth and objectivity in many languages to millions around the world still tuning in for trustworthy impartial news.
The BBC bid farewell to the famous Bush House as the last news bulletin was read by Iain Purdon.
"World news from the BBC, now after more than 70 years broadcasting the world from Bush house in central, this BBC news bulletin is the last to come from our Bush house studios"
Its final news bulletin was followed by a recorded report narrated by the outgoing BBC director general Mark Thompson looking back on one of the most renowned of BBC building.
He said: “This benign Tower of Babel, the scene of so many great broadcasting moments and the home of so many great broadcasters over the years, is now silent, its corridors deserted, its studios empty.”
The corporation first moved into Bush house in 1941 during the wartime, in the decades that followed as the second world war gave way to cold war and then to today’s complex world. Bush house became a unique of authority and trustworthiness on news to millions of listeners around the globe with more than 60 languages at its peak.
The service, which broadcast now in 28 languages, will come from a much-expanded Broadcasting House just over a mile away from Bush house, a gleaming new digital centre full of the latest technology and its own proud broadcasting heritage.
Liliane Landor the BBC world service controller, language services said: “The move is about consolidating journalism of the BBC so international Broadcasters work side by side with its domestic’s broadcasters and there is a rapport between the two and that is the point of us being all here together.”
The studios of Bush House may be silent but BBC’s commitment to serve its audiences around the world remains as strong as ever from its new home alongside other BBC channels.