BBC London News

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BBC London News
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Also known as BBC LDN (2001–2006)
Format Regional News, Weather
Created by BBC News
Presented by Riz Lateef
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio A, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 30 minutes (main programme)
Original channel BBC One London
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original run 1 October 2001 (2001-10-01) – present
Preceded by Newsroom South East
Related shows South 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 the English region encompassing London and the 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 short bulletins during BBC Breakfast, after the BBC News at One, and after the BBC News at Ten. The flagship programme airs between 18:30 and 18:55 each weekday evening and is usually presented by Riz Lateef. Weekend bulletins are broadcast on Saturday lunchtime and early evening and on Sunday evening. 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.

BBC London moved from Marylebone High Street to the new Egton Wing of Broadcasting House in September 2009, and the first edition of the programme in its new home was broadcast on 28 September 2009. It moved to a virtual studio within the new BBC News newsroom in March 2013.


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 over regional news programmes. A brand new programme for the new South East region, South East Today launched shortly before Newsroom South East, effectively broadcasting solely to the London area, 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.[1]

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,[2] while most of Kent and East Sussex is now covered by the new BBC South East region based in Tunbridge Wells, which produces South East Today.[3]


The programme originally launched with a set missing a desk or seating, in a departure from other BBC bulletins. This style was subsequently copied by other programmes including Reporting Scotland. A desk was included in an update to the set in March 2004, and presenters and guests were seated. A further change in March 2007 introduced a new large screen from which reports and weather forecasts were presented.

Satellite broadcast[edit]

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

On air team[edit]


Person Title(s) Related note(s)
Riz Lateef Main presenter/newsreader
Georgina Burnett Weather presenter Freelance contract
Wendy Hurrell Arts Correspondent and Inside Out reporter
Kate Kinsella
Elizabeth Rizzini


Person Title(s) Related note(s)
Asad Ahmad News Correspondent Stand-in presenter/newsreader
Marc Ashdown
Alice Bhandhukravi Stand-in presenter/newsreader
Alex Bushill Newsreader
Katharine Carpenter
Paul Curran
Gareth Furby
Anjana Gadgil
Victoria Hollins Newsreader
Sonja Jessup
Louisa Preston Stand-in presenter/newsreader
Chris Rogers Newsreader; freelance contract
Kurt Barling Special Correspondent
Tim Donovan Political Editor Sunday Politics presenter
Tom Edwards Transport Correspondent
Brenda Emmanus Arts Correspondent
Sara Orchard Sport Correspondent
Chris Slegg
Adrian Warner
Guy Smith Home Affairs Correspondent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC South East - BBC London News". TV & Radio Bits. Retrieved 7 May 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "BBC South East - South Today". TV & Radio Bits. Retrieved 3 April 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ "BBC South East News". The TV Room Plus. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 

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