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BBC
BBC
SOUTH is the BBC
BBC
English Region serving Hampshire
Hampshire
, Isle of Wight , the majority of West Sussex
West Sussex
, eastern and central Dorset
Dorset
, eastern Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, southern and eastern Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
, southern Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
, western Berkshire
Berkshire
and parts of Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
, Surrey
Surrey
and Wiltshire
Wiltshire
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Services

* 1.1 Television * 1.2 Radio * 1.3 Online & Interactive

* 2 History * 3 Studios * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

SERVICES

TELEVISION

BBC
BBC
South's television output (broadcast on BBC One
BBC One
) consists of its flagship regional news service BBC South Today (including an opt-out service for viewers served by the Oxford
Oxford
transmitter), the topical magazine programme Inside Out and a 20-minute opt-out during Sunday Politics . A late night football magazine show Late Kick Off is co-produced with BBC West
BBC West
, BBC South West
BBC South West
and the independent production company Pergall Media.

The region also produces and broadcasts occasional regional documentaries, the latest examples being Titanic – Southampton Remembers and Sea City. The former, broadcast in April 2012, looks at the impact of the disaster on Southampton, where most of the ships staff were recruited while Sea City looks behind the scenes at Southampton
Southampton
Docks and was broadcast in January 2013 with a second series in March 2014.

RADIO

The region is the controlling centre for local radio stations BBC Radio Oxford
Oxford
, BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Solent .

Radio Solent, BBC Radio Oxford and Radio Berkshire
Berkshire
broadcast between 5am and 1am with local programming broadcast between 5am and 7pm on weekdays. The three stations carry networked programming with the two stations in the BBC South East region every evening. The stations also simulcast overnight programming from BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
each night after closedown.

ONLINE & INTERACTIVE

BBC
BBC
South also produces regional news "> BBC
BBC
South's studio centre at Broadcasting House
Broadcasting House
on Havelock Road, Southampton
Southampton

BBC
BBC
South's regional broadcasting centre is based in Southampton
Southampton
, with local radio and television studios also in Brighton
Brighton
, Oxford
Oxford
, Portsmouth
Portsmouth
and Reading .

Prior to moving to the current studios in 1991, BBC
BBC
South was based next to the disused Southampton
Southampton
Terminus railway station at South Western House, a former grand hotel set up to cater for first class passengers using the transatlantic liners from Southampton
Southampton
and latterly used as a military HQ during the planning of the D-day landings. The building was famed for its clear views of Southampton docks, making events such as the departure of the Queen Mary easy to film, as cameras only had to set up on the roof of the building, though the technology used at South Western House was famed for its unreliability, as most of this equipment was second hand and brought in from other BBC
BBC
buildings. The introduction of colour television in the early 1970s led to a major reconstruction of the building, which had a main studio (used largely for South Today) and a small presentation studio for news bulletins and continuity – unusually, the camera for the small studio was situated in the outside corridor and looking into the room.

In 1991, BBC
BBC
South moved into new, purpose-built facilities at Havelock Road in Southampton. The new studios were built on to the side of the hill at the top of the city with the railway tunnel running directly underneath. This slope meant that the new television studios were far larger than the previous ones, as they could take up vast amounts of space on a lower level. The new facilities also included brand new equipment and technology, radio studios for BBC Radio Solent and editing suites.

The extra space was because BBC
BBC
South, at the time, was one of the new regional production centres. Previously production centres had been in the large regions with studio facilities, these being the nations, BBC
BBC
Midlands , BBC North West
BBC North West
and BBC West
BBC West
. However, some smaller production centres were being trialled in the South and the North East . As a result, the new studio was made slightly larger so that it could accommodate a network production. When the BBC
BBC
decided to reduce regional productions as a cost-cutting measure, the fact that BBC
BBC
South's studio was not too large meant that it was allowed to remain open, unlike many of the other studios and production centres.

The complex has two studios. Studio A, the larger is used for South Today and is audience capable, while Studio B, the smaller is occasionally used by South Today and was originally used for the Oxford
Oxford
opt-out . It is currently used as a meeting room.

SEE ALSO

* BBC
BBC
portal

* BBC English Regions
BBC English Regions
* BBC South Today * BBC Radio Berkshire * BBC Radio Oxford * BBC Radio Solent

REFERENCES

* ^ "Titanic - Southampton
Southampton
Remembers - BBC
BBC
One". BBC. Retrieved 2016-04-16. * ^ "Series 1, Sea City - BBC
BBC
One". BBC. Retrieved 2016-04-16. * ^ A B " BBC
BBC
South History". TV ARK. Retrieved 2016-04-16. * ^ Kempton, Martin. "The Rest of Bri