In 1997 BBC radio news journalists left Broadcasting House to join their TV colleagues in a purpose-built extension to Television Centre.
Home was now a huge open-plan area - with radio and television bulletins still on separate desks, but sharing a pool of reporters and correspondents. It was the culmination of the "bi-medial" policy pushed so strongly by director general John Birt since his arrival ten years earlier as deputy DG.
The project had not had an easy ride. It coincided with the expansion of the BBC news in the digital age, with 24 hour radio, television and Online news. This had placed enormous demands on both editorial staff and reporters - who were often struggling to meet more than one deadline.
As BBC Director of Radio Jenny Abramsky recalls, correspondents who were due to file for radio often found themselves stuck inside a TV edit van far from the action, and equally there were complaints from television editors about reporters meeting a multitude of radio deadlines rather than carefully crafting TV news reports.
Overall, the Birt reforms had undoubtedly brought a revolution in news. Correspondent John Simpson was of the opinion that Birt had transformed a "small, cosy purely national TV news service into a first-class international one". But the all-out commitment to bi-medial news was finally abandoned in 2000 - the year that Greg Dyke became DG.
The logistics of gathering the news are still managed centrally - across both media. But there are now separate Radio and TV news production departments. The new Radio News production department is also responsible for programming on World Service Radio which was handed over to BBC News by John Birt. During the past three years the output has been transformed from the traditional very formal news bulletins to a continuous news service which has grown in strength since the disaster of September 11th 2001.
In October 2000, it was announced that radio news would be moving back to Broadcasting House - and taking TV news with it. A "state of the art" news complex is due for completion by 2008.
The announcement brought immediate questions about the cost, so soon after radio's move to White City. But the BBC insisted that licence payers' money would not be involved.
The new centre will accommodate journalists from not only domestic radio and TV, but also World Service news and the BBC's online operation. Greg Dyke called it the start of a "new era" for Broadcasting House.