London Live seeks to reduce local programming
The request, made by the channel's owner ESTV Limited and published on Ofcom's website today, includes the line that London Live will now only "endeavour" to be an interactive news and entertainment service.
The channel, which launched in March on Freeview, Sky and Virgin in the capital, wants to reduce its commitment to provide local programming in peak-time from 3 hours to 1 hour per day. London Live had originally promised to increase local peak-time programming to 3.5 hours a day.
Across a whole 24 hour period, London Live is seeking to cap its daily local programme hours at 8 hours a day, having previously promised to increase hours to 10 hours of local programming a day from 2016.
Repeats of local programmes will also be affected, if the request is approved. London Live wants to get rid of the obligation to repeat programmes in its hours of local programming each day. It currently has to broadcast 8 hours of 'first run' programming and 10 hours of repeats.
Ratings for the channel have been poor during the channel's first months on air, with repeats of old TV series, including Couplings and London's Burning seeing the highest audiences.
Ofcom is seeking views on London Live's request. Responses must be in by 10am on the 26th August 2014.