London gets first dedicated digital terrestrial TV channel as ESTV launches London Live
Free-to-air channel will provide high quality coverage for every area of the city
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Monday 04 February 2013
is to have a dedicated free-to-air television channel for the first time, the
broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has announced.
The new London Live channel will broadcast to around 4 million homes and be run by Evening Standard Television (ESTV), a company wholly-owned by Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the London Evening Standard , The Independent and i newspapers.
ESTV beat competition from four rival bids to host the new service, which will enjoy a prominent position at channel 8 on the Freeview electronic programme guide. It will also be shown at channel 117 on Sky and on Virgin, IPTV and other platforms. London Live will utilise the editorial resources of both the Evening Standard and The Independent.
Announcing its decision this morning, Ofcom said: “ESTV demonstrated the greatest understanding of London’s diverse communities by putting forward proposals which would allow representation of those communities whilst not excluding others as a result.”
The broadcast regulator was impressed with plans in the ESTV bid for “hyper local” coverage of individual districts of the capital on the web-based part of the London Live service. “ESTV’s proposals…provided important opportunities for close local community involvement, taking into account, in particular, its proposals for [Internet TV] services in each London borough which would be included in its programming commitments.”
The venture represented “an exciting opportunity”, said Mr Lebedev.
“Our excellent team of journalists in the capital have the best contacts, knowledge and understanding of the London scene,” he said. “Through the Evening Standard and Independent, we have proved time and again that we can deliver fast, accurate, high quality breaking news, features and analysis and we are looking forward to applying these skills to London Live.”
Commercial media were enthusiastic about the new outlet. “This is the biggest single licence awarded since Channel 5 - there’s no doubt that, out of the regional TV licences, the London licence is the most valuable,” said Adrian Drury, lead analyst at Ovum.
He said the service had great potential for integrating commentary from social media into hyper local news coverage. “There are aspects of the service that show really interesting vision about how they see local television today,” he said. “Part of that is their plan to have hyper local video features for each of the London boroughs on the web-delivered part of the service. They’re going heavily after live telecasting with social content integrated – so you will see not just what the news desk says but also what the Twittersphere and Facebook think.”
Jess Evans, associate director at Carat, said she expected the service to be popular with advertisers. “Clients want multi-format solutions - we can’t think about siloes in media anymore. The same consumer will be watching TV, taking something online and reading in print. This gives us an extra way to access them and integrating social media embodies that.”
In May 2012, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. The regulator received 57 applications to run the services, including five applications for the London licence.
As well as broadcasting on digital terrestrial television (DTT), it is anticipated that local TV channels might offer their services on satellite, cable and online.
Ofcom has now awarded 15 local TV licences, as well as the multiplex licence, and will make further licence awards in the coming months. Other new local television channels, which could begin broadcasting later this year, include Made in Cardiff, Mustard (Norwich), That’s Oxford and Notts TV.
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