16 July 2012 8:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

1960s building that was once the home of Top of the Pops and Blue Peter bought by property developer Stanhope plc

The BBC has sold its historic Television Centre premises in west London in a deal worth £200m.

The historic doughnut-shaped building, which dates back to 1960, has been bought by property developer Stanhope plc, the corporation confirmed on Monday.

BBC director general Mark Thompson said the deal was secured after the First Night of the Proms on Saturday.

TV Centre – once the home of TV classics from Top of the Pops to Blue Peter and which once bore the blast from a car bomb – was put up for sale last year as part of the BBC's latest cost-cutting drive.

Thompson said its sale "represents another milestone in the way the BBC is changing" from a number of broadcasting bases to key HQs in the capital and around the country, including »

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