I have been out most of the evening so I have missed most of this, but I thought that this affected South and East London, so fair enough the cut hitting The London Studios, but I'd be certain it wouldn't effect Grays Inn Road as that is on the North Bank of the Thames, even though it's in Central London. But when I got back the coverage on the ITVNC seem to have died down, but BBC News 24 were showing the story and speaking to old Ken himself.
Bloody Ken Livingstone's always trying to put the blame on someone else -
Well it is someone elses fault... not his
he's a miserable old sod which is why London doesn't have big New Year's celebrations anymore... and I urge you to vote him out in the next Mayoral elections...
Think you need to get your facts correct:
Apart from 1999 London has NEVER had New Years Eve celebrations. People have always gathered in Trafalgar Square for no particular reason, but this has never been organised by anyone and nothing ever actually happened there.
People were banned from Trafalgar Square last New Years Eve because of the major building work that was taking place
Are you sure they are LDN's traffic cameras? Might it not be the case that LDN just pay AA/RAC/Met Police for the use of some of them? I don't, I'm just guessing at that, but it'd be one hell of a job to set up all of those.
LDN use them every morning during Breakfast to show the traffic situation. Mike Embery said that they were BBC London's cameras "usually used to show the traffic situation" - although I was sceptical.
I imagine that they belong to some transport organisation and BBC LDN have some agreement to have FULL access to their systems for broadcast.
They are the Metropolitan Police/Transport For London* cameras which cover Central London and the major conurbations and routes in the Met area. They aren't unique to the BBC, any broadcaster can have access. London Tonight used to use them in the early days and several radio stations/ travel news providers have access.
Broadcasters can't move the cameras, only view. And there are certain rules as to when they can be broadcast - they often point towards a other non-traffic related events which aren't allowed to be used.
* TfL is the old London (Regional) Transport - It is in charge of public transport (although the tube only for the last 3 months) but with added responsibility of roads, taxis etc. It's one of the organisations under the umbrella of the Greater London Authority (not the same as the London Assembly which is the elected bit).
Basically all transport in London except National Rail is run by Tfl, from Riverboats and the Docklands Light Railway to the bus and tube network