The BBC has disclosed details of its revamped London radio station
that will rep-lace the flagging GLR on 27 March.
London Live 94.9 will broadcast its services across radio, the internet
and eventually television. The radio and online services will launch
simultaneously next month under the new BBC London Live brand.
A spokesperson for the BBC also confirmed that a BBC terrestrial
television news service will be rolled out by 2001 in the Kent and East
Sussex areas, followed by a service for the Oxfordshire area.
The station has already signed up radio presenters. Lisa I’Anson will
interview celebrity guests and present lifestyle features and the BBC’s
Healthcheck presenter Alice Beer will front a daily consumer rights
The new programming schedule includes news from across the Capital as
well as London listings and entertainment information, comedy, live
reports, politics and news and views from London’s black community.
Overall, the station will offer less music than GLR, instead offering
listeners more commentary-led programmes during the day, followed by a
more music-orientated schedule in the evening .
Managing editor of London Live David Robey said: ’London Live will be a
force to be reckoned with using the resources that only the BBC can
provide in terms of news, travel and entertainment.’