Many listeners still assume, not unnaturally, that only television programmes are made at BBC Television Centre, and that all network radio comes from Broadcasting House.
Those people are mistaken. In 1998, Broadcasting House stopped being the home of Today, The World at One, PM, The World Tonight and, er, Broadcasting House. As I recall, the programme Broadcasting House was given the name by its editor, Kevin Marsh, as a riposte to the decision to uproot so many radio programmes from their natural home, and plonk them in a television wonderland. Even now we regularly get month-old letters carefully addressed to W1A 1AA that have been forwarded to W12 7RJ.
We were able to broadcast only a handful of editions of Broadcasting House from Broadcasting House, and it was a culture shock to land in White City. In central London we were handy for hundreds of shops, cafés and restaurants. In White City we were handy for… White City Tube Station.
We didn't help ourselves by calling the programme Broadcasting House because, for about the first three years, taxis containing our studio guests would regularly turn up at Broadcasting House (the building) demanding to be allowed onto Broadcasting House (the programme), only to be told they were several miles in the wrong direction.
It didn't matter how carefully producers made the bookings in advance, they'd still have to spend much of their Sunday mornings on the phone to taxi control rooms, overhearing frustrated drivers bellowing into their radios: "…but I'm at Broadcasting House…"
Those were minor hassles compared to our grumpiness at being turfed out of a building we loved, and losing our link with its amazing radio history. The managing director of BBC Radio, Liz Forgan, resigned at the time the decision to move was made. She wrote later that the move was "bitterly opposed by almost everyone in radio, journalists or not", and that she saw little sense in the arguments for centralising TV and radio hacks in one building. In 2000, two years after we arrived at TV Centre, she wrote in The Guardian: "The BBC is now reported to have discovered serious doubts after all about the suitability of White City for a journalistic centre and is said to be considering reversing the whole damaging episode. There is no official announcement yet but architects are apparently looking at the possibility of scrapping Stage Six and making Broadcasting House the new home of BBC journalism - this time moving TV to radio rather than vice versa."
How right she was.
Next week I am going for my induction at New Broadcasting House, in preparation for our move from W12 to W1 later this year. We leave the soon-to-be-sold TV Centre just as wistful documentaries reminisce about its amazing television history. It is fun to be close to all of that - to walk past the studios where Morecambe and Wise created their Christmas shows, and where the Two Ronnies bade us goodnight. But it's not radio's place. We're visitors at TV Centre. I'm excited about bringing Radio 4 news programmes from the place where they belong. And getting our listeners' mail on time.