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BBC London (launched as BBC LDN) is the BBC English Region producing local radio, television, teletext and online services in Londonmarker and parts of the surrounding area. Its output includes the daily BBC London News and the weekly Politics Show on television, the BBC London 94.9 radio station and local coverage of the London area on BBC Online and Ceefax. The region's headquarters are situated in the new Egton Wing complex of Broadcasting Housemarker.


BBC London launched on 1 October 2001 following changes to the coverage areas of BBC transmitters allowing for the establishment of new editorial areas to be possible. The main result was a reorganisation of the BBC's South East region; the London area was to break away entirely while a new programme, South East Today was to be created for the new South East region. BBC London as it came to be called replaced the longrunning Newsroom South East.

Greater Londonmarker and its environs has had a regional BBC television news service for many decades, but the boundaries of the region have always been somewhat nebulous due to the coverage areas of the transmitters used, as television signals do not tend to stick neatly to administrative or historic boundaries. Therefore, while the main focus of "regional" news coverage for this area has always been on the capital itself, it has for much of the BBC's life had to offer coverage of other parts of the Home Counties as well. There were many incarnations of regional news programmes in this area before the current programme was introduced in 2001. These included the Londonmarker segment of the Nationwide from Lime Grove Studiosmarker; in this case, the regional presenters for Londonmarker were also usually the main presenters of the national sequence of the programme which followed. Other identities for the Londonmarker area coverage were London Plus, and finally Newsroom South East. Originally, the BBC London and the South East region took in the whole of Greater Londonmarker, together with parts of Essex, Hertfordshiremarker, Kentmarker, Surreymarker, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Bedfordshire, and Oxfordshire. This meant that sizeable communities which probably deserved dedicated programming of their own - such as Oxfordmarker, Lutonmarker, Crawleymarker and the Medway towns - were often ill-served by a Londonmarker-biased programme which was variously based in Shepherds Bushmarker, W12 and Elstreemarker in Hertfordshiremarker before the move to the present studios in Marylebonemarker High Street, also home to the BBC's Governance Unit. The area created for the BBC London programme to broadcast to now covers a much more tightly-defined area, chiefly Greater Londonmarker but still including parts of Bedfordshire, Essex, and Hertfordshiremarker in the East of England region and parts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Kentmarker, parts of South Oxfordshire , Surreymarker 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.

Somewhat bizarrely, most of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshiremarker, Northamptonshiremarker, Berkshire and part of Gloucestershiremarker now take an opt-out of South Today - rather than the Midlands region it might be expected to identify more with - while most of Kent and East Sussexmarker is now covered by the new BBC South East region based in Tunbridge Wellsmarker, which produces South East Today.


BBC London News

The BBC London News programme broadcasts daily on BBC One, appearing with short bulletins during BBC Breakfast, after the BBC News at One and after the BBC News at Ten. The flagship programme is broadcast between 18:30 and 18:55 each weekday evening, following the end of the BBC News at Six and is presented by Riz Lateef. Lateef replaced Emily Maitlis who had been the main presenter of the flagship programme from launch until March 2006 when she left to join BBC News and BBC Two's Newsnight.The programme has had several brand refreshes, the most recent having been on 12 December 2005, with a new title sequence designed by Red Bee Media and theme music composed by David Lowe. The titles now involve a series of videos showing different parts of London life, separated by a white translucent band which crosses the screen until the BBC London logo appears. The title shots change every single night to reflect landmarks and activities that symbolise home for a potential audience of more than 11 million people - bigger than Scotlandmarker, Walesmarker and Northern Irelandmarker combined.Comparisons are inevitably made to the commercial TV regional competition, in this case ITV1's London Tonight, which is produced for ITV by ITN.The programme can be viewed in any part of the UK (and Europe) on digital satellite channel 974 on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service.


BBC London 94.9 combines speech and music based programmes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. [50410] The station has a diverse range of presenters that host varied shows from sometimes controversial phone-ins with Vanessa Feltz to DJ Jazzie B who features old and new soul, funk and house music.

Travel bulletins

A dedicated travel news service is operated by BBC London on all three mediums using information supplied by Trafficlinks Regis service, Transport for London, National Rail and the Highways Agency. The travel news on radio is updated at 31 and 58 minutes past each hour during off peak times, and every 15 minutes, (starting at the top of the hour), during evening and morning peaks. BBC London 94.9 is one of the few radio stations to have access to TfL cameras.The travel news online is updated from an independent travel information supplier. This data is fed from their main system onto BBC London's website, via the BBC Travel News portal. The online section also has features on various aspects of travel in London.The main crop of presenters are Jules Lang, Steve Phillips, Billy Reeves, Pippa Sparkes, Fiona McKinnon, Louise Pepper, Paul Murphy Lewis Gillingham and Gemma King.

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