Ofcom accepts London Live bid to reduce local programming hours

Broadcast regulator Ofcom has given London Live permission to cut its local programming output.

Ofcom has previously rejected a bid from the Evegeny Lebedev-owned station to reduce London-based programming, but has now accepted a watered-down proposal.

Following the latest bid being accepted, London Live still has to broadcast eight hours of first-run local programming every day, and three hours during peak time (6-10.30pm).

But it is now required to broadcast six hours of local programming repeats per day, down from ten, and zero hours of local programme repeats, down from one and a half, during peak times.

The original request, submitted in July, asked for permission to reduce first-run local programming to one hour a day at peak time and to broadcast zero hours of repeat local programming a day (down from ten).

But this was rejected following opposition from stations which also applied for the local TV licence for London.

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