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London Live (TV channel)

London Live
Launched31 March 2014
Owned byESTV (Lebedev Holdings Limited)
Audience share0.06%, BARB (September 2018 (2018-09), [1])
SloganYour Capital's TV Channel
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaLondon
HeadquartersNorthcliffe House, Kensington, London
FreeviewChannel 8
SkyChannel 117
Virgin MediaChannel 159
Streaming media

London Live is a local television channel in London, England.[1] 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. The owner of London Live is the Russian oligarch[2] Evgeny Lebedev who also the chairman and owner of both Evening Standard Ltd, publisher of the London Evening Standard newspaper, which he bought in January 2009 and of Independent Print Ltd, publisher of the The Independent and Independent on Sunday, which he bought in March 2010.


London Live launched at 6:30p.m. on 31 March 2014.[1]

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 Multiplexing (mux), 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. [3]


Original programmes

A London Live reporter interviewing Matthew Barzun during the parade at Pride in London 2016

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. [4]

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[5] F2 Kicks Off from UK indie Renowned Films[6] – the Film & TV division of Renowned Group. F2 Kicks Off with Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch.[7]

In January 2014 the channel announced its second acquired series with the web series, Brothers With No Game.[8]

On 7 March 2014 series Drag Queens of London was announced.[9]

Other programmes

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 (1993–95, 2010 "Disney era" version) and Digimon)


London Live News broadcasts two programmes per weekday. Weekends, two bulletins are broadcast. 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

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards Broadcaster of the Year London Live Nominated


  1. ^ a b Sweney, Mark (2014-01-13). "London Live to launch on 31 March". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  2. ^ []
  3. ^ Greenslade, Roy (23 March 2014). "London Live: Can it change the capital's television viewing habits?" – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Stefano Hatfield: Original ideas will make great viewing". Evening Standard. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  5. ^ UK, Televisual Media Ltd. "Televisual - NEWS & COMMENTS".
  6. ^ "Renowned Films – Television - Branded - Digital".
  7. ^ "London Live Unveils First Commissions; Two Factual Entertainment Series, Game Show & 'Comedy Hotspot' Season - TVWise". 28 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Brothers With No Game".
  9. ^ Attitude Magazine. "Drag Queens of London coming this Spring". Retrieved 7 March 2014.

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