The BBC will open its doors to the public with an interactive exhibition outlining the workings of the corporation designed by Event.
The consultancy, which won the work in a paid feasibility pitch against unnamed consultancies, will create the centre in the basement at Broadcasting House just off London’s Oxford Street. About 200 000 visitors a year are ex-pected and the exhibition will focus on the BBC’s radio output.
A model of Broadcasting House will introduce visitors to the internal workings of the BBC and guided tours around the 150m2 main exhibition area will enable visitors to see how news is gathered and how radio programmes are recorded.
Visitors will finish the tour through an open-plan interactive area, where they will be introduced to BBC television and “get a feel for the BBC as a whole”, says an Event spokeswoman.
Visitors will leave through a tunnel housing exhibits which illustrate the effects of developments in technology on the future of broadcasting. The exhibition is due to open in summer 1996.