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BBC London
BBC London logo.png
Headquarters London
Broadcast area Greater London
East Berkshire
South Oxfordshire
Nation BBC English Regions
TV Transmitters Crystal Palace
Radio Stations
in this area
BBC London 94.9
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BBC London (launched as BBC LDN) is the BBC English Region producing local radio, television, teletext and online services in London and parts of the surrounding area. Its output includes the daily BBC London News and the weekly Politics Show on television, the BBC London 94.9 radio station and local coverage of the London area on BBC Online and Ceefax. The region's headquarters are situated in the new Egton Wing complex of Broadcasting House.



BBC London launched on 1 October 2001 following changes to the coverage areas of BBC transmitters allowing for the establishment of new editorial areas to be possible. The main result was a reorganisation of the BBC's South East region; the London area was to break away entirely while a new programme, South East Today was to be created for the new South East region. BBC London as it came to be called replaced the longrunning Newsroom South East.

Greater London and its environs has had a regional BBC television news service for many decades, but the boundaries of the region have always been somewhat nebulous due to the coverage areas of the transmitters used, as television signals do not tend to stick neatly to administrative or historic boundaries. Therefore, while the main focus of "regional" news coverage for this area has always been on the capital itself, it has for much of the BBC's life had to offer coverage of other parts of the Home Counties as well. There were many incarnations of regional news programmes in this area before the current programme was introduced in 2001. These included the London segment of the Nationwide from Lime Grove Studios; in this case, the regional presenters for London were also usually the main presenters of the national sequence of the programme which followed. Other identities for the London area coverage were London Plus, and finally Newsroom South East. Originally, the BBC London and the South East region took in the whole of Greater London, together with parts of Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Bedfordshire, and Oxfordshire. This meant that sizeable communities which probably deserved dedicated programming of their own - such as Oxford, Luton, Crawley and the Medway towns - were often ill-served by a London-biased programme which was variously based in Shepherds Bush, W12 and Elstree in Hertfordshire before the move to the present studios in Marylebone High Street, also home at the time to the BBC's Governance Unit. The area created for the BBC London programme to broadcast to now covers a much more tightly-defined area, chiefly Greater London but still including parts of Bedfordshire, Essex, and Hertfordshire in the East of England region and parts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent, parts of South Oxfordshire , Surrey and Sussex in the South East England region. There is also some overlap with the editorial areas of other BBC regions in this part of England.

Most of the south midlands, including Oxfordshire (excluding Henley-on-Thames), most of Buckinghamshire, north Berkshire, north east Wiltshire, south east Gloucestershire and south west Northamptonshire, now take an opt-out of South Today[1] while most of Kent and East Sussex is now covered by the new BBC South East region based in Tunbridge Wells, which produces South East Today.[2]


BBC London News

The BBC London News programme broadcasts daily on BBC One, appearing with short bulletins during BBC Breakfast, after the BBC News at One and after the BBC News at Ten. The flagship programme is broadcast between 18:30 and 18:55 each weekday evening, following the end of the BBC News at Six and has been presented by Riz Lateef since she succeeded Emily Maitlis who left to join BBC News and Newsnight in March 2006. Comparisons are inevitably made to the commercial TV regional competition, in this case ITV1's London Tonight, which is produced for ITV by ITN.The programme can be viewed in any part of the UK (and Europe) on digital satellite channel 974 on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service.

Non-news programmes

BBC London also produces current affairs, features and sports programming for the region including the topical magazine series Inside Out, a 20-minute opt-out during the weekly Politics Show and a football magazine show Late Kick Off, co-produced with BBC South East.


BBC London 94.9 combines speech and music based programmes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. [1] The station has a diverse range of presenters that host varied shows from sometimes controversial phone-ins with Vanessa Feltz to DJ Jazzie B who features old and new soul, funk and house music.

Travel bulletins

A dedicated travel news service is operated by BBC London on all three mediums using information supplied by Trafficlinks Regis service, Transport for London, National Rail and the Highways Agency. The travel news on radio is updated at 31 and 58 minutes past each hour during off peak times, and every 15 minutes, (starting at the top of the hour), during evening and morning peaks. BBC London 94.9 is one of the few radio stations to have access to TfL cameras.The travel news online is updated from an independent travel information supplier. This data is fed from their main system onto BBC London's website, via the BBC Travel News portal. The online section also has features on various aspects of travel in London.The main crop of presenters are Jules Lang, Steve Phillips, Billy Reeves, Pippa Sparkes, Fiona McKinnon, Louise Pepper, Paul Murphy Lewis Gillingham and Gemma King.

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