London Live's studio output is improving slowly. Wake Up London is clearly the best of the bunch, Headline London has been less reliant on long winded debates, instead going for one to one interviews and more lives and packages, while Not the One Show has become more topical. World Cup Corner has been a way of introducing a sports segment which meets their remit of making news interesting for a younger audience.
Where they still need to work on is Power Lunch. It sticks out like a sore thumb and reduces the news output. This show should be pre-recorded in the week and scheduled on a Sunday lunchtime, instead of another repeat of London's Burning, along with the scripts for the headlines, which aren't of a high standard.
The stand out strand has been the Sunday Platform 8 documentary strand, which is currently on hiatus. (Docs are being repeated on weekdays).
Oh dear - is that how they plan to cover one of the city's biggest events. Just by asking on Twitter where they should go. Isn't the conversation supposed to be the other way, with the journalists advising their audience of what they should try and see?
From what I've read of the proposal, the cuts are mainly to the non-news local output, which they've requested to reduce from 3.5 hours per day to an hour. Presumably so they can squeeze more repeats of London's Burning and the C4/BBC archive.
From what I've watched of the local output, while Food Junkies and CTRL Freaks have been good, the rest of the non current affairs output have been poor.
The cuts also include repeating news output. This is currently provided by the overnight 'Talking Points' programme.
The changes to the wording of the hyperlocal output, is an admission that they simply can't provide the promised output which was core to ESTV winning the licence.
I suspect the cuts to the entertainment output is to bolster the news output. They've invested in additional freelancers (Emma Thomas, the ex BBC SET reporter is now part of the pool of freelancers) to make the output newiser.