London Live (TV channel)
|Launched||31 March 2014|
|Owned by||ESTV (Lebedev Holdings Limited)|
|Audience share||0.06%, BARB (September 2018),|
|Slogan||Your Capital's TV Channel|
|Headquarters||Northcliffe House, Kensington, London|
|Virgin Media||Channel 159|
London Live is a local television channel in London, England. The channel transmits local news, current affairs, sports, arts, events and entertainment. It is part of Ofcom's rollout of local television channels throughout the UK.
London Live launched at 6:30pm on 31 March 2014.
The channel is owned by ESTV, which won the Local Digital Television Programme Service (L-DTPS) auction from Ofcom in February 2013. ESTV is owned by Lebedev Holdings.
The channel broadcasts on the CoMux-operated London local DTT multiplex, radiated on UHF channel 29 from the Crystal Palace transmitting station, and is also available via satellite and cable TV to viewers with London postcodes. On 21 March 2018 the London DTT mux was moved to UHF channel 35 as part of 700Mhz clearance plans. Crystal Palace also operates on a Single Frequency Network with Croydon, that improves reception in South & East London. London Live also now occupies the unadvertised local mux available on UHF channel 34 from the Hemel Hempstead relay as of 27 March 2019, which has extended coverage outside the M25 to Hemel Hempstead & St. Albans areas.
Test broadcasts for London Live began at the start of March 2014 with the broadcast of a short looped promotional film featuring clips from the channel's programming.
London Live broadcasts from studios at Northcliffe House in Kensington, which is also the headquarters of The Independent and London Evening Standard newspapers, both owned by Lebedev Holdings. Before the launch, the channel was expected to spend between £15m, possibly £18m before the break-even was reached in about three years. Revenue was predicted by then to hit the £25m mark. 
Since the channel first launched, London Live has commissioned a varied portfolio of programmes which include Drag Queens of London, Good Morning Breakfast, CTRL Freaks, Can You Cook It, Food Junkies, Fresh Fantasy, Jeff Leach +1, Place Invaders, F2 Kicks Off and Nihal’s City Swagger. It has also commissioned documentaries from upcoming doc-makers which include: Girl on Girl, Jail Birds, Half Man Standing, Teenage Kicks, Sizzle London, The Young Upstarts, Digital Nation, Roger & Robin's Night Club Tips, Ron & Ron, Fight Club London, No Place Like Home, Antisocial Network and Beggar Off. 
In September 2013 the channel announced its first acquired series with the family sitcom, All About the McKenzies. The series, previously only available via YouTube, is written and produced by Samuell Benta.
On 27 November 2013 London Live announced its first prime-time commission F2 Kicks Off from UK indie Renowned Films – the Film & TV division of Renowned Group. F2 Kicks Off with Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch.
London Live also broadcasts a range of comedy, drama, documentaries and entertainment programmes such as London Real, Absolute Power, Green Wing, Peep Show, Smack the Pony, Spaced, Trigger Happy TV, Twenty Twelve, Famous Rich and Homeless, Filthy Rich and Homeless, Soho Blues, The Tube, Snog Marry Avoid?, Vice Squad, Hale and Pace, Born Equal, Freefall, Harley Street, London's Burning, Misfits, Moses Jones, The Shadow Line, White Teeth, 10 Years Younger and Cash in the Attic.
In July 2017, it was announced the channel would have an early morning lineup of children's programming from the libraries of Saban Brands and Studio 100 (such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1995, 2010 "Disney era" Version) and Digimon)
London Live News broadcasts two programmes per weekday from 1200–1300 and 1730–1830. Weekends, two bulletins are broadcast from 1200–1300 and 1800–1900. Regular live reports, travel and weather updates feature throughout.
On air team
- Anthony Baxter (Presenter)
- Alex Beard (Presenter)
- Alison Earle (Presenter/Reporter)
- Luke Blackall (Presenter/Reporter)
- Reya El-Salahi (Presenter/Reporter)
- Stefan Levy (Presenter/Reporter)
- Toby Earle (TV Editor)
Awards and nominations
|2017||Diversity in Media Awards||Broadcaster of the Year||London Live||Nominated|
- Sweney, Mark (2014-01-13). "London Live to launch on 31 March". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
- Greenslade, Roy (23 March 2014). "London Live: Can it change the capital's television viewing habits?" – via The Guardian.
- "Stefano Hatfield: Original ideas will make great viewing". Evening Standard. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
- UK, Televisual Media Ltd. "Televisual - NEWS & COMMENTS".
- "Renowned Films – Television - Branded - Digital".
- "London Live Unveils First Commissions; Two Factual Entertainment Series, Game Show & 'Comedy Hotspot' Season - TVWise". 28 November 2013.
- "Brothers With No Game".
- Attitude Magazine. "Drag Queens of London coming this Spring". Retrieved 7 March 2014.