The year 1969 saw man land on the moon - and BBC TV news land at Television Centre.
The final BBC One bulletin from Alexandra Palace was read on the night of Friday 19 September. On the Saturday, the early evening bulletin was broadcast from the Television Centre "spur" - the new wing that had been added to accommodate the newcomers.
This was not the only significant television development. Less than a fortnight earlier, Nationwide appeared for the first time - filling the early evening spot once occupied by Tonight.
The aim was to exploit the BBC's powerful regional network - within a national framework. The programme began with a local news bulletin - before "going Nationwide", with Michael Barratt in the Lime Grove studio in London.
To begin with, it went out on just three nights a week. But it switched to five nights in 1972. Sue Lawley, Hugh Scully and Frank Bough were among the many faces in front of the camera.
For many, its name remains associated forever with the "skateboarding duck" school of journalism. But Nationwide dealt too with the toughest stories of the day - such as Northern Ireland, where British troops had been deployed the month before the programme began.
It found itself on the front pages in 1983 after a live phone-in when Mrs Thatcher was taken to task over the Falklands by a caller from Cheltenham, Diana Gould.
The prime minister refused to say whether the Argentine warship, the Belgrano, had been sailing away from the action when it was sunk. Ms Gould demanded an answer. Mrs Thatcher is said to have been left looking "rattled". Those who heard it will not easily forget it, said a Guardian reader.
The final edition of Nationwide went out in that same year, on 5 August.