BBC Election Special Broadcast from The Blade

July 9, 2024
News & Insights
Last month we were approached by the BBC who were planning to host a number of election special broadcasts across the country. The production team were on the look out for iconic, inspiring and eye catching venues. And for the Berkshire debate they chose The Blade, given our impressive presence and reputation! On Monday 1st July we welcomed the BBC Radio Berkshire team and four of Reading Central’s candidates for an hour long live discussion.

The ‘Your Voice, Your Vote’ programme was broadcast live on BBC Radio Berkshire, hosted by Vernon Harwood, who gave an incredible introduction to The Blade, noting our spectacular views and unique design. In fact, it was mentioned that most of the candidates could see their houses out of The Blade’s windows given the panoramic and far reaching views across Reading and the Thames Valley!

Reading Central is one of the newly created constituencies for this General Election, and the four candidates– who joined the programme - Matt Rodda (Labour), Raj Singh (Conservative),Dave McElroy (Green) and Henry Wright (Liberal Democrat) – covered a number of important local topics including housing, homelessness and even Reading Football club.

The filming took place on the11th Floor, with The Blade’s incredible views as a backdrop. We were delighted to host this important debate, ahead of the General Election on Thursday 4th July, and provide such an impressive and inspiring backdrop for the candidates to speak from.

Listen back to the programme here:

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