Last Blue Peter tonight

  Covergirl 09:43 AM 28 Jun 11
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Although I imagine it will probablysuffer a series of revivals due to public demand.

Did you grow up with Blue Peter and who were "your" presenters?

  Woolwell 09:50 AM 28 Jun 11

It's not the last Blue Peter. It is the last at the BBC Television Centre before it moves to Salford. Blue Peter

  johndrew 10:41 AM 28 Jun 11

Children no longer want to make things from 'sticky backed plastic' - more is the pity - so the demise of this programme must have been on the cards for som time now.

A bit like Meccano going out of fashion - we now have fewer graduates in engineering and more in media studies.

  Crosstrainer2 10:47 AM 28 Jun 11

As wool well says it's not ending, just moving to the new complex at Salford Keys. I have noticed a decline in quality of both presenters and content on radios four and five as many are not making the move.

The old television centre is for sale..... Wow, what a recording studio I could turn that into! Sadly, I fear the asking price would be a tad high :))

  interzone55 11:35 AM 28 Jun 11

As others have pointed out Blue Peter is moving from London to a purpose built Media City is Salford Quays, just along from the Lowry Centre & Imperial War Museum of the North.

In order to allow some people to realise there are bits of the country outside the M25 the BBC was forced to move more of its programming to the regions. The production of Dr Who in Cardiff was an early, and very successful experiment.

Much of BBC Sport, almost all BBC Children's output plus much of Radio 4 & 5 will be produced from Media City. BBC Breakfast is also moving next year.

This has caused some problems, with staff unwilling to move north, despite the incredibly generous relocation allowances that don't seem to have taken the fact that rents in Salford are less than half the rents in London.

Simon Mayo was supposed to move north with Radio 5, but he refused so was moved to Radio 2. Neither of the regular BBC Breakfast presenters want to move as they have young families in good schools, not something that's going to be easy to find in Salford.

  Covergirl 16:10 PM 28 Jun 11
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Yep - sorry, I obviously only heard half the article. No excuses though - I shall seek admonishment from my Master.

I may be back . . . :)

  Legolas 19:49 PM 28 Jun 11

When I started watching Blue Peter it was in black & white and the presenters were John (get down shep) Noakes, Peter (bad jumpers) Purves and Valerie (strait-laced) Singleton. I grew up making all sorts of things from Fairy Liquid bottles, yoghurt tubs and of course sticky back plastic......happy days makes me feel quite nostalgic thinking about it....sniff sniff, must have something in my eye.

  Strawballs 19:55 PM 28 Jun 11

I was watching it with the same 3 presenters as Legolas

  Miké 20:18 PM 28 Jun 11
  Covergirl 20:29 PM 28 Jun 11

John, Peter & Val for me too. I never tried making anything with SBP, WU bottles or toilet roll centres. I did have a meccano though, so perhaps the improvisations were beyond me :)

  Legolas 20:32 PM 28 Jun 11

Mike I won't read your link I don't want my rose tinted glasses smeared :))

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