A second big screen is being planned for Birmingham even though the existing facility in the city centre is still switched off because of a noise dispute.
On August 24, the BBC is planning a nationwide celebration and broadcast to mark the official hand over of the Olympic flag from China to Britain, marking the start of the UK’s tenure as Olympics holders.
But the big screen in Victoria Square the corporation had planned to use as the centrepiece of the West Midlands celebrations is still not being used more than 10 months after being set up because of a noise complaint.
Instead, the BBC and the city council are discussing plans for a temporary screen to be erected, at an unspecified location to broadcast the handover.
A council spokesman said: “The BBC have not officially approached Birmingham City Council about offering funding to put up a temporary screen in the city centre to air the Olympic handover event on August 24, 2008.”
The Victoria Square screen – which has already cost the council more than £365,000 – was put under wraps when the nearby Waterloo House office block secured an injunction against the local authority in December 2007.
The injunction was made after lawyers claimed irregularities with the way planning permission was granted and said noise from broadcasts would disturb office workers.
The BBC is broadcasting the handover celebration on big screens at 30 sites across the country and the event in Birmingham will see local sporting heroes share their Olympic hopes and experiences with visitors, organisers said.