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Carlton Studios sold to Nottingham University

(February 2005)

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DE
deejay
From Broadcastnow:
Notts Uni buys Carlton Studios
Central Television’s Nottingham studios, once the home of Bullseye and Crossroads, have been sold to the local university to house new science companies.


Interesting that both former Midlands broadcasting sites are to become science parks! An end to studio production in the Midlands then? Are there any other decent sized studios left in the Midlands?
JA
jay Founding member
deejay posted:
From Broadcastnow:
Notts Uni buys Carlton Studios
Central Television’s Nottingham studios, once the home of Bullseye and Crossroads, have been sold to the local university to house new science companies.


Interesting that both former Midlands broadcasting sites are to become science parks! An end to studio production in the Midlands then? Are there any other decent sized studios left in the Midlands?


I knew about that a while ago. I suspect some of the old studio complex will be kept for Media Courses.

And by the Midlands I think you mean East Midlands - as Birmingham is apparantly the centre of the universe now Rolling Eyes
AL
Allan100
well said Jay!
SC
scottishender
If Bullseye and Crossroads were made at the studios, What about Blockbusters? Central made that quiz too
IS
Inspector Sands
scottishender posted:
If Bullseye and Crossroads were made at the studios, What about Blockbusters? Central made that quiz too


Yes they were, in fact the models from the opening titles were on the walls in reception until recently
DE
deejay
jay posted:
deejay posted:
From Broadcastnow:
Notts Uni buys Carlton Studios
Central Television’s Nottingham studios, once the home of Bullseye and Crossroads, have been sold to the local university to house new science companies.


Interesting that both former Midlands broadcasting sites are to become science parks! An end to studio production in the Midlands then? Are there any other decent sized studios left in the Midlands?


I knew about that a while ago. I suspect some of the old studio complex will be kept for Media Courses.

And by the Midlands I think you mean East Midlands - as Birmingham is apparantly the centre of the universe now Rolling Eyes


Right - have I touched another nerve here entirely unintentionally? When I said "Midlands" I meant TV Studio production in central (note the small "c") England. There is no need to get on the old high horse when someone refers to a geographical area. As far as I'm aware, there are now no major television studio centres in The Midlands (East or West). All I was remarking upon was the interesting fact that both former major television centres (Pebble Mill in Birmingham and Lenton Lane, Nottingham) are to become Science Parks.

For many menay years, as far as Television was concerned, The Midlands was one region, with BBC Midlands and ATV both based in Birmingham (and ATV, to an extent, based in Elstree - one of the reasons they lost the franchise and had to reform as Central!) Even when Central launched, they were still Birmingham based. When Lenton Lane was opened, Central moved a good deal of network production out of Birmingham and to Nottingham. The BBC meanwhile created East Midlands as a proper region, as until then East Midlands Today was a sub opt for 10 minutes within the main Midlands Today programme.

Back to the point of the post though, It'll certainly be interesting to see if Notts Uni keep a studio for use as part of a media course. Wouldn't it be great to go to a university knowing that the very studio you're training in had had such a heritage?!

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