New London TV Station Launches

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 119 months ago
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.

Last Updated 31 March 2014