Inspired by Chrissy’s post the other day, I decided to pay my own photographic respects to the old New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road in Manchester now being chewed up by the the demolishers.
I took a wider view, but I quite liked the shot on the left. The demolition machine looked like some sort of mechanical monster on the rampage, chewing up bits of concrete and steel. (Click it to enlarge)
I have my own reasons for remembering the BBC’s northern studio, if not as intimately as Chrissy. I had to go there quite often to accompany a nervous interviewee about to get the third degree over the state of the NHS.
But I also made a few friends there over the years. People like Clare Smith who was the health correspondent for many years. Despite her fearsome reputation as a reporter, you couldn’t fault either her fairness or her journalism.
I’ve included it below and it is worth watching if you have thirty minutes to spare as a reminder of social conditions in the industrial north of England within living memory.
Ironically, the BBC has crossed the Irwell to the now trendy Salford to take up residence in its new home at Media City, dragging along the national Radio 5, sport and children’s output, as well as continuing with the old favourites, like Dragon’s Den, Songs of Praise and Question of Sport.
I’ve yet to visit Media City, an omission I hope to put right soon, but I wonder how long that complex will last, given that New Broadcasting House was only thirty-seven years old before it outlived its usefulness.
Who knows, I might just live long enough to photograph another demolition, albeit without the same sense of loss.