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31 March 2014 | General News | By: Rachel Holdsworth

New London TV Station Launches

New London TV Station Launches


London Live, the new TV station dedicated to London, launches Monday night at 6pm.

A full schedule seems pretty elusive (though presumably if anyone's retuned their Freeview box they should be able to flick through the EPG; do let us know in the comments) but we can gather the following:

  • it's 24/7 and will have five and a half hours of news and current affairs each day, including space for ultra-local stories
  • there's new original programming, like an Alex Zane-hosted show for stand up comedy, a focus on London's music scene and documentaries showcasing new talent and stories
  • the first football show dedicated to London teams airs on Saturday mornings
  • even bought-in shows (i.e. repeats) have a London focus, like Twenty Twelve and Misfits.

The channel comes from the same stable as Evgeny Lebedev's Evening Standard and Independent papers — the news studios are based at the Independent's offices — so there's experience behind it, though perhaps less in the 18-34 demographic it's aiming for.

You can watch London Live on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117, Virgin Media channel 159 and its website. ITV London has a run-down of what programmes will be broadcast on launch night.

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Bermondsey James

Listings for today are in the 'i' paper (unsurprisingly) - presumably will be a daily thing. But don't see them on the Indy's website

Geoff Marshall

18:30 London Live
19:00 Not the One Show
20:00 Food Junkies
20;30 Kicks Off
21;00 Alex Zane : Funny Rotten Scoundrels
22:00 Misfits
23:00 Brothers With No Game
23:30 Nothing to Something (S01 E01, "Megaman2)

Nicolas Chinardet

Having watched the first two programmes, I feel rather underwhelmed and therefore disappointed. It all felt a little content-free, not much more than filler between the revenue-generating ads. The first show/half-hour was particularly dire: a series of not-very-subtle plugs for various things.

On the plus side, they are clearly mindful of diversity: race, gender, sexual orientation, all represented, which is great (although everyone seems rather on the young side).

I suspect I'm too old for the demographics they have in mind anyway...

Feels like a missed opportunity. It's early days though, I suppose.

Dave Nash

My partner and I tuned in last night for the launch, bearing in mind it's a brand new channel and will be making a loss in its first couple of years; I think the London Live team have done a great job. I have no problem with looking past any teething problems and concerns over content; this is a project that should easily work in London and I think it's something that we should all support.

John Chops

More repeats than UK Gold :(