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Rkolsen1,130 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World


Very interesting story. I will say some of his experiences with the security and the reception at both locations makes ITV look unprofessional even if security was contracted out.

Edit : Scratch that got The London Studios confused with Milbank Tower. I assumed since Milbank Studios are owned by ITV the tower the security guard was referring to was the tower where ITV was located.
Last edited by Rkolsen on 22 January 2016 5:49pm
Rkolsen1,130 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
ITV, BBC and Sky each have facilities in 4 Millbank. I think that's somewhere different to Millbank Tower.

Less than a half a mile away.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Millbank+Tower,+London,+United+Kingdom/Millbank+Studios,+4+Millbank,+Westminster,+London+SW1P+3JA/@51.4945712,-0.1255263,17z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m2!1m1!1s0x487604e9b36b0c1d:0xaf970d70ae81f00a!1m2!1m1!1s0x487604c300a74337:0xcc90ee9510451bc5!3e0?hl=en-US
noggin12,069 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Yes. If you were a guest booked by a TV station to go to "Millbank" you'd expect to be going to No. 4 Millbank, where the BBC, ITN and Sky operations are based. If you clarified with "Millbank Studios" then you definitely meant No.4 Millbank. I think there may be a bookable down-the-line studio there too, which is used by other broadcasters.

Millbank Tower, which at one point housed the HQ of the Labour Party, is a different, much bigger building.

Sounds like the RT guest booker was a bit of an amateur. Who knows if they were even based in London... They could have been booking for a Moscow-based show as a down-the-line, and not realised Millbank isn't a building, but a long road on the riverside.
NYTV (previously asnycBBC) 441 posts since 9 Apr 2009
BBC World
Yes. If you were a guest booked by a TV station to go to "Millbank" you'd expect to be going to No. 4 Millbank, where the BBC, ITN and Sky operations are based. If you clarified with "Millbank Studios" then you definitely meant No.4 Millbank. I think there may be a bookable down-the-line studio there too, which is used by other broadcasters.

Millbank Tower, which at one point housed the HQ of the Labour Party, is a different, much bigger building.

Sounds like the RT guest booker was a bit of an amateur. Who knows if they were even based in London... They could have been booking for a Moscow-based show as a down-the-line, and not realised Millbank isn't a building, but a long road on the riverside.

And the booker didn't have much of a conversation with him to clarify---let alone get his name right for security.
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