MEDIA: BBC continues London roll-out

The BBC has named Sandy Smith as editor of its soon to be revamped London news magazine. London Live will replace Newsroom SouthEast in spring next year.

The BBC has named Sandy Smith as editor of its soon to be revamped

London news magazine. London Live will replace Newsroom SouthEast in

spring next year.



The brand has already been rolled out on radio, when London Live 94.9

replaced GLR earlier this year, and will soon appear on-line.



Smith is currently a senior producer at BBC2’s flagship foreign affairs

show Correspondent. He will report to BBC’s London TV, radio and on-line

editor Jane Mote.



His job is a new one in the sense that he is responsible for output.



Newsroom SouthEast has a newsgathering editor, Gordon MacMillan, but his

remit does not stretch to output.



Smith, who co-launched current affairs strand Black Britain with Pat

Younge, said he would be placing more emphasis on news from London’s

black and Asian communities.



Smith said: ’They are much more likely to be cable and satellite

watchers than other young Londoners. If we don’t reach out to them in

the next couple of years we will never get them.’



Smith also said he would put more resources into investigations. ’The

show will be journalistically braver, we will be taking people on

more.



Rather than doing straight reporting we’ll be the chasing the likes of

Railtrack and the rail companies.’



Issues will then be followed up through on-line chats or with the same

guests being interviewed for London Live radio shows.He will also

introduce a weekly arts and entertainment strand, probably on Thursdays,

with live reports from premieres and West End opening nights.



When London Live is introduced, London and South East news will no

longer be covered by the same show. Instead, Laura Dalgleish, head of

regional and local programmes for the South East, is recruiting

journalists to provide separate coverage for the region.



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