BBC Newcastle Studios

Over 20 years ago actually. It was a purpose built building and the lack of network TV production means the news studio is one of the larger regional news studios - there's only one other, much smaller studio as far as I know. The radio facilities now house a 24/7 operation as Radio Newcastle now provides overnight programming both to the local audience but also to the wider North East and Cumbria and occasionally the whole of the North.

Not really getting what might make it a "shamefull (sic) waste of licence (sic) payers funds" - I'd say they get a very good use out of it.