BBC unveils new Peel wing

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THE BBC is to name a wing of its central London headquarters after iconic Radio 1 DJ John Peel.

The Peel wing of the newly refurbished Broadcasting House will serve as the main entrance to Radio 1’s studios when they return to the building this autumn.

Sheila Ravenscroft, John Peel’s widow, said: “We all thought it would be a wonderful idea.

“John spent a lot of time in the building and would have been honoured to know they were naming a wing after him.

“John was very much a BBC man. He had spent many hours in Broadcasting House and when they started the rebuilding he was really excited about what they were doing.”

John Peel broadcast his legendary Radio 1 show from Broadcasting House since the station was founded in 1967.

Director General of the BBC Mark Thompson said: “It’s a fitting tribute to a man who personified so much of what the BBC stands for.”

“John’s death in 2004 was sudden and shocking, however his legacy lives on today.”

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket is also about to enter an exciting phase of its refurbishment.

Building work due to start at the end of June will see the centre fitted with a bar, a small café, a new stage and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

The centre is planned to re-open in November 2012 following the refurbishment.