MEDIA: BBC tri-media service boosts London

The BBC is revamping its coverage of London with programming

changing on 1 October when a new tri-media BBC London service


The changes are designed to integrate TV, radio and online coverage of

London and are part of a £5.5m investment in new local services

for the south-east.

The medium most affected by the changes will be TV.

Local TV news in London is being given a different presentational style

and editorial focus.

Sandy Smith, TV programming editor, said: 'The content will be

different. We will be doing a lot more stories on London as a city and

how to live it. Stories on lifestyle subjects such as property -

anything on the frustrations and agonies that unite Londoners.

'At the moment there is a lot of mediocre news reporting that will go as

it does not connect with people.'

He added: 'I am much more receptive than I used to be to stories about

lifestyle, property and showbiz.'

The new service will be run from the old GLR building on Marylebone High

Street, but will also take content from new BBC bureaux being set up in

Elstree, Ealing, Brixton and Thurrock.

It will be presented by Emily Maitli, who joins from Sky News.

There has also been the appointment of a new entertainment editor Brenda

Emmanus from The Clothes Show as part of a plan to increase

entertainment output.

Additionally, Mark Bright has been recruited to present a new sports

preview show on Fridays.

The TV news service will retain its existing thrice daily schedule, but

there will be cosmetic changes with, for example, the news being

delivered standing up without a set.

Content of the BBC online service for London will be more reflective of

the TV service.

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