An unexpected bid has been made for the BBC's iconic Television Centre, which is up for sale after 50 years in operation.
The sale is part of the BBC's efforts to save money and to 'de-Londonise' operations.
Opened in 1960, the 14-acre site - including the famous 'doughnut' buidling - has been home to some of the BBC's top programming: Blue Peter, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Doctor Who and many others have all been made there.
The BBC is expecting to raise £300 million through the sale or partnerships.
And today it emerged that west London news agency EIF News & Features - owned by the mysterious media magnate, Dr Ellis Ian Fields - were bidding for the site.
Operating from Chiswick, EIF News & Features is well-known for its on-the-ball reporting contributions by staff such as sports editor Thelonious Adidas, art historian and critic Proserpine Gainsborough-Halfwit and travel expert Peregrine Trip.
The agency also occasionally employs the controversial historian and academic, Prof Ken Lucid.
A spokesman for EIF said: "Dr Fields's representatives have been in talks with BBC people for a couple of days. However, there seems to be a sticking point over the asking price of £300 million.
"Aware that this is prime London real estate Dr Fields has offered £584.36. We are hopeful that a compromise can be reached."