London Live

London Live to slash staff

London Live, the UK local digital-terrestrial TV station owned by Evgeny Lebedev, the Russian-born proprietor of the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers, is reportedly to cut 20 of its 60 staff.  London Live chief operating officer has said that the channel was restructuring its news and current affairs team, and would re-allocate the funds saved […]

London Live local programming commitments cut

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has approved some cuts to London Live’s local programming commitments, after initially rejecting the station’s bid to reduce to its total local programming hours from 18 to eight per day. In a new ruling, Ofcom said the local channel can reduce the hours of local programming repeats it runs per day […]

Ofcom rejects London Live changes

UK regulator Ofcom has rejected local TV channel London Live’s bid to cut its homegrown output on the grounds that the changes proposed by the broadcaster would “substantially alter” its output. London Live, owned by London Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, had bid to reduce its local programming hours from 18 a day to eight, […]

Ofcom issues UK local TV warning

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has said that it is “very unlikely” that all the new local TV stations being licensing will succeed, after Birmingham’s City TV became the first to go bust in August. Issuing a ‘progress update’ on local TV, two years on from when the first channel licences were awarded, Ofcom said that bidders […]

London Live to end entertainment shows

UK local TV operation London Live will stop making and buying entertainment series, and instead focus on news and current affairs programming. Programming execs such as head of programming and commissioning Jonathan Boseley and commissioning executive Derren Lawford – formerly BBC Worldwide’s head of programming and scheduling for the Global iPlayer – will be affected […]

London Live calls for reduction of local content requirements

UK local TV station London Live has requested an amendment to the obligations of its licence, including reductions to the hours of local content it must air. The proposal, which was published by Ofcom on Friday, requests changes from ESTV – the provider of the local TV service London Live – that would also include changes to […]

Three in four Brits unaware of local TV station rollouts

Three quarters of Brits are unaware that a new local TV channel could be launching near them this year, even though 47 are due to roll out and a handful, like London Live, have already gone live, according to new research. The poll, which was carried out by broadcast solutions provider BroadStream Solutions in conjunction […]

London Live editorial director quits

Stefano Hatfield has left his position as editorial director of London Live, just weeks after the local TV station launched. The channel is run by ESI Media, the commercial arm of the free London newspaper the Evening Standard national title The Independent. Following UK press reports late last week Hatfield confirmed his departure on Twitter […]

London Live to launch in UK today

A new channel is launching on digital free-TV in the UK today. London Live will occupy the Freeview channel 8 slot, along with BSkyB channel 117, Virgin Media channel 159 and YouView channel 8. The network is one of the stations launching throughout the UK in a government-lead drive to launch channels that offer local […]

Local London TV channel signs up Ericsson for broadcasting services

Local TV network London Live has appointed Ericsson to provide broadcasting services ahead of the channel’s planned launch. Ericsson will provide media asset management, scheduling, graphics hosting, EPG delivery, playout and transcoding services. It will also offer cloud-hosting support for IP-based delivery of the channel. ESTV-owned entertainment channel London Live is due to launch next […]