I am wondering if this article in the Guardian is telling the truth? Tony Hall probably does not want the public to get too near to him, following all of the cuts he is implementing?
From the Guardian
The BBC is to stop running public tours of its London headquarters following a security review.
The corporation said that the review found that “security challenges” at New Broadcasting House, its base as the hub of the corporation’s 24-hour news service, meant that tours would have to be halted.
Last June there was a security alert at NBH, located on Portland Place and Langham Place near Oxford Circus, when a man was detained by police outside after threatening to set himself on fire.
The BBC spokesman stressed that the decision to stop the tours had not been prompted by a particular incident but by a general review.
Incidents such as the Paris attacks, and the targeting of the offices of magazine publisher Charlie Hebdo, have prompted a tightening of security measures at many high-profile media organisations.
“The particular use and design of New Broadcasting House means that radical changes to the building would be needed to sustain tours in the long term that we don’t believe are viable.”
The move to stop the tours, which will affect 40 roles, is currently a proposal but is expected to be formally ratified.
The BBC has been headquartered at Broadcasting House since 1932. It is where the first radio broadcast was made, and was extended and modernised to become New Broadcasting House in 2011. Public tours have been run since 2012.
The tours, which are highly rated on review websites such as TripAdvisor, cost up to £43.50 for a family ticket.
“We realise that this proposal will be disappointing to members of the public who have already made plans to take the tour and so while we work through this, we have made interim provisions to continue the current tours until 30 April with extra security in place,” said the BBC spokesman. “This will give all those who have already booked a tour the opportunity to either change their booking, take a tour of a different BBC building, or receive a full refund.”
The BBC said that tours of other BBC buildings will continue to run as normal.
The spokesperson added: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff involved in the BBC Broadcasting House tour operation for their hard work and professionalism.”