This morning [September 16th] the media regulator Ofcom announced that it has rejected London Live’s proposals to slash its local programming.
This follows a six-week consultation in which several broadcasters, including Channel 4, Channel 5 and UKTV, severely criticised London Live’s plans. My own comments about this, posted here - were subsequently published in Broadcast Magazine last month.
All of London Love's proposals were rejected by the regulator, including its plan to slash primetime local content, from three hours to one hour a day.
Ofcom said the changes "would result in an unacceptable reduction to the number and range of programmes about the area or locality for the licensed area". Quite.
Earlier this month, Birmingham's local TV dream died with the demise of BLTV/City TV. For the full Birmingham horror story, see here.