A struggling local TV station is to cut around a third of its staff with 20 jobs at risk.
London Live has announced a series of cutbacks to its news and current affairs team, with cost=savings to be reivested in programme content.
The station, which is owned by Evening Standard and Independent owner Evgeny Lebedev, has had a troubled history since its launch last March as part of the government’s planned network of new local TV channels.
Last autumn it sought permission from media regulator Ofcom to reduce its programming output from 18 hours a week to eight hours a week, but the bid was thrown out.
Tim Kirkman, chief operating officer for London Live, said: “As the business develops, we are able to assess where our resources are best deployed to drive continued growth into the business.
“We are restructuring the news and current affairs team with the proposed loss of a number of roles.”
“These funds will be re-allocated against new commissions and higher quality acquisitions.
“It is clear on all our data that Londoners are enjoying this part of our offering which we will continue to improve to drive our overall viewing figures.”
The channel, which claims its programmes were watched by more than 2.3m adults in December, had around 60 staff on launch.