BBC’s Western House renamed as Wogan House
Western House, home of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, has been renamed as Wogan House in memory of Sir Terry.
The BBC hosted the official inauguration of Wogan House, on the junction of Gildea Street and Great Portland Street, this morning.
New signage has been unveiled at the entrance, in the presence of the Wogan family, BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, Deputy Director-General Anne Bulford and Head of BBC Radio, Bob Shennan.
Bob said a few words before the new signage was unveiled. Here’s what he said:
Today is a very special day. All of us who work in this building remember working with Terry Wogan. There’s a photo upstairs on the wall of Radio 2 and it’s of Terry standing right here, on the morning of his final Breakfast Show. He’s standing addressing a crowd, arms aloft like a prize fighter, acknowledging the crowd with a big smile on his face. There were photographers, reporters, camera crews, well-wishers, BBC people, an extraordinary crowd of people on an extraordinary day reflecting on an extraordinary man. So today it’s such a great privilege for us to be able to unveil a new name for this building where he built the fantastic success of Radio 2. It means that any time any of us walk through these doors, we will automatically think of Terry and his charm and we will smile. So I’d now like to ask our Deputy Director General Anne Bulford and Lady Helen Wogan to do the honours and unveil the new Wogan House.
Terry first worked in the building over 40 years ago when he joined Radio 2 for breakfast. He famously hosted the Radio 2 breakfast show for the station between 1972-1984 and 1993-2009 closing his last broadcast with the words, “thank you for being my friend”. Sir Terry was last on air on Radio 2 on Sunday 8 November 2015 presenting, Weekend Wogan.
The Wogan family, said: “BBC Radio 2 was such an important part of Terry’s life. He spent so many happy years there doing what he loved – chatting and laughing with the listeners from his studio in BBC Western House every weekday morning.
“We are so proud that the building is being renamed ‘Wogan House’ in his honour, the whole family are extremely touched by such a wonderful gesture.”
Today, the home of Radio 2 where all our offices & studios are has been renamed Wogan House
A day of joy, pride & sadness for everyone pic.twitter.com/YPXDIcC31R
— Jessica Rickson (@jessrickson) November 16, 2016
BBC Director of Radio, Bob Shennan, said: “Terry was a much-loved Radio 2 personality and it is right we honour him in this way. Each time we all walk through the doors of Wogan House we will be forever reminded of him – his warmth, wit and endless charm.”
The building has been used by the BBC since at least 1953 and for a large part of that time was occupied by the BBC’s Engineering Designs Department, then the BBC’s Recorded Sound Effects Library.
Following renovation, its main use since 2006 has been as the home of BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music, although it also houses several smaller radio studios for use by other BBC stations as well as a gym, bar and bistro for use by members of the BBC Club and guests.
Wogan house is owned by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and currently on long-term lease to the BBC.
Sir Terry died in January 2016 and a number of tributes have been paid throughout the year by the BBC to mark his memory, including a memorial service in Westminster Abbey on September 27 – the 50th anniversary of his first radio broadcast.