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Saturday, 16 July 2011

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Dedication from beyond the grave

It has emerged that the ghost of Roy Castle has been haunting BBC Television Centre in London's White City since his death from lung cancer in 1994.

Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq recalls how she was regularly disturbed by the parping of a ghostly trumpet while filming in the studio previously used by the notoriously agrophobic Record Breakers presenter. "It was well weird" she explains.

Newsreader Fiona Bruce admits to regularly feeling an inexplicable chill while broadcasting from the BBC's Shepherd's Bush home, and recalls the time that her News at Ten colleague Huw Edwards leapt onto the newsdesk and started tap dancing "like a man possessed", while announcing the collapse of British car manufacturer Rover.

The ghostly happenings have become so disruptive to programme making that many producers now refuse to use the building, forcing the BBC to relocate its broadcasting operations from its leafy West London home to the crime-ridden slums of Salford, Manchester. Not everyone is happy about the BBC's move north, and a number of letters of complaint from staff and viewers have been displayed in a gallery by the ghost of Tony Hart.

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