The S6 studio area. Before the war it was a Radio Luxembourg studio, then became the Control Room until the late 1950s when it became a studio equipped with a Type B Mk 2 desk. The whole space had originally been built to be a swimming pool, though it was probably never used, and its space under the floor did nothing to help the acoustics. Eventually it was filled in, with the unexpected consequence that the rumble from the Aldwych line - which used to be audible in the cubicle but not the studio - was now transmitted to the studio floor with the result that you couldn't use a stand mic after 1600 when the trains started, only a suspended one. It was a relief when the line was closed in 1994.
to see the same area in use as Control room in 1943.
Obviously I didn't take this photograph: I found it in the 1943 BBC YearBook; it's the European Control Room (European Services moved to Bush in 1941) in the area that was later S16 then renamed S6. You can see the trapdoor in the floor leading to the swimming pool space below. There is already a cubicle and window, presumably because the area had been a Radio Luxembourg studio before the war.
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