Phillip Schofield slams 'criminal' selling of iconic BBC TV Centre

TV presenter Phillip Schofield has slammed the BBC for selling the historic Television Centre studios in west London.

The iconic home of shows like Dad's Army, Blue Peter and Strictly Come Dancing was bought by a property developer for £200m.

TV Centre - soon to be a 'creative hub' of shops, homes, offices and a hotel. Credit: ITV News

The site on Wood Lane at White City is being turned into one of London's largest new housing schemes.

Demolition work is underway to replace five of the eight studios with 950 homes, offices, restaurants and a hotel.

Five of the eight studios are going to destroyed. Credit: Hightail.

Parts of Television Centre, including the circular 'doughnut' were awarded listed building status.

The 'doughnut' shaped building has been awarded listed building status. Credit: ITV News

The BBC will return to the surviving three studios when the project is complete in 2017.

Studio 8. Credit: ITV News

The developer, Stanhope, said the new-look Television Centre would become a creative hub.

An aerial view of the new development. Credit: Hightail.

For the first time ever it's going to be open to the public. It was a gated situation in the BBC era but it's now open to the public.

It's a piece of urban London available to all visitors and workers and residents alike to enjoy. It's a community and I want to everyone to integrate into that community. It's a big difference from normal residential schemes where everyone here is part of something bigger.

– Alstair Shaw, Managing Director, Television Centre
The architects view of the town houses to be built. Credit: Hightail.

But former Schofield who got his big break at Television Centre as a children's presenter 30 years ago, said the BBC's decision to sell was criminal.

It is utterly shocking, it's outrageous, it's a critically appalling decision. It's an amazing building. London is desperately short of studio space. You can't find a studio.

It's purpose-built, it does everything you want television to do, so why don't we pull it down. It's criminal.

– Phillip Schofield