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BBC picks 1960s high-rise for Olympics news broadcasts

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BBC News will deliver its Olympic Games coverage from the roof and the top floors of a condemned Newham council estate

East London’s 23-storey Lund Point tower will have its top five storeys given over to the broadcasting company’s news outlet but the whole building is scheduled for demolition shortly after the games.

Around 30 families remain in the 66-metre tall building which opened in 1968. Some of the building’s apartments may be reconfigured under the plans.

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘This would have the benefit of an excellent view over all the venues, from a vantage point that isn’t possible within the site itself. We also intend to sub-let space to international broadcasters to recoup some of the cost.’

BBC Sport is meanwhile planning to rebuild its controversial £1 million 2010 football World Cup studio on the Olympic park.

The studio will be located close to Make’s Handball Arena and will be positioned on top of an Allies & Morrison and Urban Space Management-designed platform made from shipping containers.

The BBC has no plans to use either the International Broadcast Centre or Media Centre on the Olympic park. The £355 million structure’s were built as part of media complex designed to host journalists during the Games.

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