The official opening of the new Open Centre at BBC Radio Cleveland will take place tonight by Middlesbrough FC manager Gareth Southgate. The evening will also see the announcement of a name change for the station to BBC Tees, as revealed by RadioToday.co.uk last week.
The building, in the heart of Middlesbrough, has been transformed from a dated office and retail unit into a state-of-the-art complex of public open spaces and broadcasting studios. On the ground floor is a performance area and separate learning suite which has already hosted a series of lunchtime concerts and live broadcasts.
On the first floor are newly-refurbished studios fitted with the latest in digital broadcasting technology.
Station Editor Matthew Barraclough said: "We hope as many people as possible pop into our Open Centre to listen to live music, contribute to our output, learn a new skill and find out more about the BBC.
"It really is a flagship for the BBC and represents a major investment in the region."
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