The basement as yet consists mainly of storage space and a couple of dodgy coffee machines. However, an extensive re-fit this summer will see it transformed into a hi-tech visitor centre catering for 1,000 people a day, seven days a week. Charging £4.95 for adults, it could raise more than £1.5m a year.
A BBC spokeswoman said the licence fee would not be used to fund the project, adding: "The aim is not to make huge profits, but to cover costs."
Visitors will be able to watch live recordings of radio shows, and then have a go themselves in a separate studio, cubicle and editing suite before enjoying a cup of tea and a sticky bun.Reuse content