London is one of the leading communication centers in the world with the presence of a large number of communications companies. Most major British media and all major national television networks, including BBC News, the leading information service in the world, have their headquarters in London. About 53% of UK jobs related to television and radio are concentrated in London. This concentration has often led some commentators to criticize the UK centering on London. This has led some major media to outsource some of their premises: the BBC announced in June 2004 that his sport and youth services would be transferred to Manchester, northern England. The other networks settled in London among them ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and BSkyB. Like the BBC, the media can sometimes produce their programs elsewhere in the UK but London still remains the main production site. Local programs are offered by the regional offices of the major networks: BBC London on BBC One and ITV London on ITV1.
There are many radio stations available in London. Local radio stations include Capital Radio, Heart 106.2, Kiss 100 and Xfm. Radios information and discussions include BBC London, LBC 97.3 and LBC News 1152.
The London newspaper market is dominated by national editions of major British newspapers, all published in the capital. Until the 1970s, most national newspapers were focused on Fleet Street but in the 1980s, they were relocated to a larger warehouse, capable of receiving automatic printing. Most are now in East London. At Wapping in 1986, SOGAT 82, the printers’ union, strongly opposed to such relocation, leading to numerous confrontations with the police. The last major news agency in Fleet Street, Reuters, moved to Canary Wharf in 2005 but remains a term Fleet Street still strongly associated with the national press.
There are two local newspapers in London, the Evening Standard and Metro, both free of charge. They are available on the street and in the subway and train stations. Time Out Magazine, a weekly independent guide, provides a list of concerts, films, plays and other cultural activities since 1968. There are many other local newspapers in Greater London, reporting very local information.
London is the center of the British film and television industry, with major studios west of the city and an important sector of post-production based in Soho. London is, together with New York, one of the two major English-language publishing centers.
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