BBC London News (referred to onscreen as BBC London) is the BBC's regional television news programme for Greater London. 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 evening 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 Wendy Hurrell, 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.
|BBC London News|
|Also known as||'BBC LDN (2001–2004)|
|Created by||BBC News|
|Presented by||Riz Lateef and Alice Bhandhukravi|
|Theme music composer||David Lowe|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Location(s)||Studio D, Broadcasting House, London|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One London|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Original release||1 October 2001 – present|
|Preceded by||Newsroom South East|
|Related shows||South East Today,
ITV News London
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.
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 Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, 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, 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.