The BBC is making a new step towards openness by building a cafe overlooking its new London newsroom, allowing the public to see what happens.
The vast multimedia newsroom in the basement of Broadcasting House will house 6,000 journalists and will be visible from the ground floor Media Café, which will accommodate up to 450 people.
The Independent reports: “The BBC hopes the initiative will provide a greater sense of interactivity with the public. In the United States, networks have often encouraged audiences to watch shows being broadcast from street-side studios.”
The National Audit Office’s (NAO) report into the BBC’s expenditure on its recent building projects – the redevelopment of Broadcasting House in London and the construction of Pacific Quay in Glasgow and Salford Quay in Greater Manchester – will be published on Thursday.
The report, which was commissioned by the BBC Trust, will be available in full on the Trust’s website and the NAO site from Thursday, it has been confirmed to Journalism.co.uk, despite reports suggesting it would be released today.
MediaGuardian anticipates the findings of the report at this link and claims the ‘West One’ development of Broadcasting House is already £59 million over its original £1 billion budget.