Ant and Dec must have been eager to get TC1 to use for their show. It is such an iconic building, and would be great for the opening to their show - with a brand new opening title sequence on the way.
They could have chosen other larger studios, BBC Elstree Studio D even, George Lucas Stage at Elstree - but they chose Television Centre. Just a shame the complex has really only one large entertainment studio available for these type of shows, so many productions have been crammed into TC1 in the course of a week.
In recent years TC1 and TLS
1 haven’t existed at the same time, so there is basically no change and no more or less ‘cramming’ than before.
TC1 was operating right until 2013. I was just conveying that Ant and Dec prefer to have an iconic building for their show - TLS provided that, and now of course Television Centre.
I very much doubt they have a say or even care. Studio hire is based entirely on price, connectivity, location and availability. The fact that there's a lot of ITV connectivity in the building already to facilitate live feeds for the breakfast show would be a major advantage. TLS had similar which takeaway used to their advantage previously.
I work in telly, I sometimes get time to watch telly. More of a technology geek than a presentation geek!