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BBC London News

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BBC London News
BBC London News titles.jpg
Also known asBBC LDN (2001–2004),
BBC London (in the titles)
BBC London and South East (Lunchtime bulletin only)
Created byBBC News
Presented byRiz Lateef and Alice Bhandhukravi
Theme music composerDavid Lowe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsStudio D, Broadcasting House, London
Great Hall Studios, Royal Tunbridge Wells (Lunchtime bulletin only)
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC One London
Picture formatDVB-T 576i 16:9
Original release1 October 2001 (2001-10-01) –
Preceded byNewsroom South East
Related showsSouth East Today,
ITV News London
External links

BBC London News (referred to onscreen as BBC London) is the BBC's regional television news programme for Greater London and surrounding areas. Its local competitor is ITV News London, which is produced by ITN for ITV London.

BBC London News is broadcast seven days a week on BBC One in London and the surrounding areas, with three-minute updates during BBC Breakfast and 15-minute bulletins after the BBC News at One and the BBC News at Ten. The flagship programme airs between 6.30pm and 7pm each weekday after the BBC News at Six and is usually presented by Riz Lateef. Weekend bulletins are broadcast on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Lateef became the main presenter of the flagship programme in March 2006, when she replaced Emily Maitlis who left to join the BBC News Channel and BBC Two's Newsnight.

Weather forecasts are included within bulletins, presented by either Kate Kinsella or Elizabeth Rizzini. The weekday evening weather forecast is usually presented from the roof of the programme's production base at BBC Broadcasting House or at the location of an outside broadcast from earlier in the programme. Other forecasts are presented primarily from within the BBC London News studio or the BBC Weather studio.

Originally broadcast from studios in Marylebone High Street, the programme moved to the newly built Egton Wing of Broadcasting House in January 2013. Egton Wing was subsequently renamed John Peel Wing.[1]


The programme launched on 1 October 2001 as BBC LDN. After a major reorganisation of the BBC's South East region, with the London area splitting away to form its own separate region. The previous programme, Newsroom South East, had gradually decreased in its coverage as certain areas were switched to receive other regional news programmes. Following the launch of South East Today, a brand new programme for the new South East region, Newsroom South East was effectively broadcasting solely to the London area for a short while before it became BBC London News.

During planning, the programme for London had been named London Live, also at the time the name of the region's BBC Local Radio station; titles were produced by the Lambie-Nairn design agency but never shown onscreen.[2]

The eventual title became BBC London, though the programme is always referred to by presenters as BBC London News, while programme titles were originally BBC LDN: an abbreviation of 'London'.

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, Hampshire, Kent, 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. Parts of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Northamptonshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire now take an opt-out of South Today,[3] while most of Kent and East Sussex has (since 2001) been covered by the BBC South East region based in Tunbridge Wells, which produces South East Today.[4]

In 2020, the weekday lunchtime bulletin of BBC London News merged with that of South East Today to join forces with the latest on COVID-19 as BBC London and South East, hosted by the South East Today team in Tunbridge Wells.. All other bulletins remain separate between the two regions.

Satellite broadcast

The programme can be viewed throughout the UK (and Europe) on digital satellite channel 974 on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service.







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See also


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "BBC South East - BBC London News". TV & Radio Bits. Retrieved 7 May 2007.[dead link]
  3. ^ "BBC South East - South Today". TV & Radio Bits. Retrieved 3 April 2007.[dead link]
  4. ^ "BBC South East News". The TV Room Plus. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2009.

External links

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