Radio 1 to launch iPlayer video channel

Justin Timberlake in the Live Lounge for Radio 1 Justin Timberlake recently performed a Live Lounge session for Radio 1

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Radio 1 will get its own video channel on BBC iPlayer where music fans can watch performances not shown on TV channels.

It will include content from Live Lounge broadcasts, the annual Big Weekend festival and interviews, as well as Innuendo Bingo from the Scott Mills team.

Radio 1 is already the most popular radio station on YouTube, with 550,000 subscribers.

Zane Lowe's recent interview with Kanye West drew more than 3 million views on the station's YouTube channel, while Greg James's spoof video of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball has had 2.8 million hits.

The BBC said the biggest users of video clips are girls aged between 13 and 17.

Ben Cooper, controller of Radio 1 & 1Xtra, said: "I'm very excited about transforming Radio 1 from being just a radio station into being a full audio-visual channel.

"Radio 1 has always pioneered innovative ideas and led the way in engaging with young people and this is another huge step in cementing that reputation."

Intelligent speech app

The BBC will also launch a free app which will bring together a selection of intelligent speech content.

Under the working title Open Minds, it will highlight programmes and clips from Radio 3, Radio 4, the World Service and other BBC stations.

The app is expected to launch in 2014 in the UK and abroad, and will be initially available on Android and Apple iOS phones and tablets.

Content will range across subjects such as science, politics and economics.

Helen Boaden, director of BBC Radio, said: "This is a simple, smart idea designed to appeal to 'curious minds' at home and abroad who may not always know our radio stations but would love their content."

"Listeners will get outstanding programmes from brilliant brains in a way which fits into their packed lives."

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