Search

Londoners want their own TV station, streetlife.com’s TV6 poll finds

11:05 23 January 2013

LondonTV chief executive Richard Horwood

LondonTV chief executive Richard Horwood

Archant

Nine out of 10 people who live in London want a dedicated TV station for the capital, according to a survey of 40,000 users by streetlife.com.

The survey has been carried out earlier this month for the Channel 6 Consortium which is bidding for the London franchise being announced by the government next month.

Ninety percent of 875 respondents from the 40,000 streetlife.com users in London said they were proud to live in London, and 87 percent said they thought London should have its own dedicated TV station.

Streetlife.com is the fast-growing local social network which is partnered with Archant London’s newspapers, magazines and websites.

Commenting on this overwhelming finding, Richard Horwood, chief executive of Channel 6, said: “I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard self-appointed experts casually assert that Londoners don’t identify with London as whole, supposedly attaching themselves only to their neighbourhoods like Battersea or Bow.

“I’m a Londoner, and of course I love my immediate neighbourhood otherwise I wouldn’t live there. But, like every other Londoner I know, it’s London that I happily claim as home when anyone from outside London asks.

“And it’s being a Londoner - with all the overtones of capital city living - that helps define me.”

Even more significantly from the point of view of local democracy, the majority of streetlife.com London users admit they don’t actually know what their councillors do, and just assume they do a good job.

Horwood comments: “That’s why improving local media is so important, especially public service broadcast local media, to explain what’s happening in their cities to those who may not go out of their way to find out about it, but want to know about it nonetheless.

“It’s about local democracy. Voting for local councillors is pointless if we don’t know what they’re doing. Unlike the snippets of regional news on BBC 1 and ITV1, our ‘LondonTV’ station has committed to broadcast thousands of hours a year to explore London’s happenings and issues. That compares to only about 400 hours on BBC1, and even less on ITV1.

“Presenting London to Londoners, helping them enjoy and understand their city, addressing its problems and celebrating their achievements, is what LondonTV will be all about.”

Matt Boyes, founder and CEO of streetlife.com, added: “Our research has consistently shown that focused local media (of which streetlife.com and LondonTV are prime examples) can positively impact people’s perceptions of their local area, and increase engagement and awareness of what’s happening in their wider community.

“Two-thirds of our London users say their sense of community has increased since joining streetlife.com, and three-quarters have had more contact with local people as a result.

“We’re supporting the Channel 6 ‘LondonTV’ bid as we’re sure it will not only succeed as a TV channel, but will further enhance Londoners’ community spirit.”

The Channel 6 Consortium includes London’s three main local newspaper groups - Archant, Tindle and Trinity Mirror - and has strategic partnerships with Sony Pictures Television, streetlife.com, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Creative Skillset.

More than 75,000 people in 320 communities across England currently use the local social network streelife.com, with around 1,500 new users joining weekly. Find out more and join the conversation at www.streetlife.com.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

28 minutes ago
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Picture: Katie Collins/PA

7.20am: Minor delays on the District Line due to an earlier signal failure.

As fireworks light up the skies above Havering, firefighters will walk out in a strike that has been described as putting “people’s lives at risk”.

Yesterday, 18:55
The power cut is causing delays between Liverpool Street and Shenfield

Trains between Liverpool Street and Shenfield are delayed this evening due to electrical supply problems at Forest Gate.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

One student’s efforts to raise money and awareness this Remembrance Day has split the public – some love them while others loathe them.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire at a fireworks warehouse which left two people missing. Staffordshire Police said the two people remain “unaccounted for” following the fire which broke out at the industrial unit at about 5.15pm yesterday. The force said it was in contact with the missing people’s family […]

To steal the budget store’s own puns, isn’t it a Lidl surprising that their Christmas food is so good?

These images show the lava’s path from a sky-high vantage point.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition