BBC Wood Norton, Worcestershire - Febuary 2011
In 1966, and into the late 1960s, Bredon Wing was built as an addition, containing a 175-foot-long (53 m) nuclear fallout bunker beneath it. A mast was constructed on top of the hill and was fitted with an SHF dish (microwave link) to Daventry radio station (referred to in 1975 cabinet papers released 30 December 2005). Two VHF yagi aerials were fitted to receive Holme Moss and Llandrindod Wells. Later, another SHF link was fitted to Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham. This supplied quality TV to the Wood Norton technical training facilities since the terrestrial TV signal was so poor.

This bunker (known as PAWN - Protected Area Wood Norton) and mast, and many other installations, were referred to as "deferred facilities" in the BBC. Few staff knew the full extent of these facilities and those that did had to be vetted by the Ministry of Defence and sign the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Because of the threat of prosecution under the OSA, few people today will talk about these facilities, even though the Cold War ended in the early 1990s.

The "deferred facilities" were modified many times during the years that followed. In the 1970s they were extended and updated to provide a standby service known as the "Wartime Broadcasting Service".

The estate has been the home of the BBC's Engineering Training Department since the war, now branded the BBC Academy. It is well known for the quality and depth of expertise in all aspects of broadcasting. Training is provided for technical and engineering staff from most UK broadcasters and telecommunications companies, with some sales of training overseas. Training staff also travel the UK to deliver courses on other sites, run residential courses at the site, or design interactive courses for use on the BBC's internal network.

Because of its convenience as a BBC facility, Wood Norton was used for some of the filming of the Doctor Who serial Spearhead from Space and it was later used for all of the location filming of Robot (Doctor Who).

Under the leadership of Greg Dyke and Resources director Mike Southgate, the BBC sold off the residential accommodation on site used by trainees, which had been built by the corporation 20 years previously. There have been several problems since the sale as the companies controlling the accommodation on the site have not proven completely reliable. Wood Norton Hall itself was a privately owned hotel and conference centre, but closed down suddenly towards the end of 2005, reopening under new management the Hotel finally ceased trading in 2010. The BBC retains its Technical and Operational Training Centre in the extensive grounds.
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