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'BBC Elstree must stay as a site for media production and skills training' says Council Leader

Last Modified August 06, 2022

The Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, has issued the following statement following reports in the national media of the potential sale of BBC Elstree:

“The news that the BBC is looking to dispose of its BBC Elstree site is not new, just further progressed, and what we now know is that the Corporation is open to suggestions and offers as to what that ‘sale’ might look like.  

 “I consider that at a time when there is a clambering in the industry for more sound stages with studios going up fast across the country and especially in Hertfordshire, where BBC Elstree is based, it would be perverse to consider selling a brownfield site off for development.  This would see the loss of sound stages when proposals elsewhere are coming for new studios and stages on greenfield sites. 

 “Hertsmere Borough Council will seek like-minded partners from the television and film industry to join hands with us and the BBC to ensure that the site – the first and longest surviving studios in Borehamwood, dating back over 100 years remains as a place of media production.  

“We will be speaking with the BBC and offering to work with them to find a solution that works for the BBC, the industry and our towns, residents, local employment and businesses and that protects our proud local heritage.”



Posted on Saturday 6th August 2022

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