In pictures: The last of the BBC's landmark satellite dishes has been taken down at the former Television Centre in White City

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The BBC started using the dishes in the early 1990s (Source: Mike O'Dwyer)
The last of the 20 iconic satellite dishes at the BBC's former Television Centre in White City has been taken down as part of the site's redevelopment.
The dishes, which became a West London landmark for decades, were used by the BBC to receive and broadcast news both in the UK and beyond. The final dish to be removed, 11 metres in diameter, was used to distribute programming in the UK.

The BBC will still have some offices at the site (Source: Mike O'Dwyer)

From now on, the BBC will broadcast using its eight dishes at a new satellite farm elsewhere, while the current site will be turned into a mix of office and television studio space for the BBC, alongside 950 new homes, offices, cafes, restaurants and a gym.

There were originally 20 dishes at the site (Source: Mike O'Dwyer)

A new branch of private members’ club Soho House will also be opened in the building, including a restaurant, hotel and roof-top pool.
Developer Stanhope is carrying out the project, with the first phase due to be opened in 2017.
Alistair Shaw, managing director of Television Centre, said:
We took the decision early on to do something very different at Television Centre to reflect the creative history of this iconic site. White City is changing and Television Centre will be at the heart of this exciting regeneration, a new centre of gravity for London with its own sense of place.

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