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
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.