BBC iPlayer Radio Launches

Monday 8 October 2012, 13:03

Mark Friend Mark Friend Controller

Radio broadcasting in the UK will turn 90 later this year. It has remained in rude health through a combination of content and technological innovation. Earlier this year, Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 and the Radio 3 Proms showed how BBC radio stations are becoming fully multimedia brands that provide not only a great listen but are increasingly visually and socially engaging.

2012 has also seen a step change in the number of people listening to and watching our content on mobiles and tablets. For example, during the week of Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, 34% of browsers visiting the site came via mobile and tablet. In the week when traffic to the Proms site peaked, 20% of browsers accessed the site via tablet. Last month saw an 88% year-on-year increase in reach to our mobile optimised sites. This was anticipated by the overall strategy for BBC Online announced in 2011.

Today we've launched BBC iPlayer Radio. It brings together iPlayer and the radio station sites to create a new BBC home for radio within iPlayer across PC, mobile and tablet.

You can find BBC iPlayer Radio by:

  • Visiting any BBC radio homepage on PC, mobile or tablet (e.g.
  • Clicking "Radio" in the main BBC navigation bar.
  • Downloading the BBC iPlayer Radio app (freely available from the Apple store at launch, other mobile platforms to follow).

See Andrew Scott's blog post for details about the new features that you'll find in iPlayer Radio. This video shows key features of the smartphone app. As always, we welcome your feedback.


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Key features of the new BBC iPlayer Radio smartphone app, freely available.

BBC iPlayer Radio provides a platform on which we will be developing radio stations as fully multimedia brands. So that as well as listen, audiences can watch, share and engage with the BBC radio content they love.

Our next steps will focus on making live radio more interactive, making it easier for people to enjoy the BBC's vast audio archive and strengthening radio's position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK.


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    Comment number 1.

    No love for Android, as usual.
    When you say mobile or tablet, what you really mean is iPhone or iPad isn't it?

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    Comment number 2.

    Totally agree with comment #1 - if the Android app is due 'soon' then why not launch properly with both of them at the same time rather than iOS then just keep delaying on Android/other platforms (as keeps happening with the main iPlayer app). The advert above is also very Apple-esque - watch out for their lawyers!

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    Comment number 3.

    I have not yet seen how this will affect my internet radios which I have in almost every room - even the smallest! Will they still work?

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    Comment number 4.

    I listen in Greece, thru my laptop...will these changes give me a broader content (as opposed to the 'content not being available in my area') ?

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    Comment number 5.

    Why is a publicly funded organisation such as the BBC promoting Apple's products above other companies?
    The last data I read suggests that the iPhone's market share is around 20% of the smartphone market which is similar to Blackberry's share yet there are no plans for a Blackberry app. When twice as many people own an Android, why are they not the first app introduced?

    I have no idea what is wrong with the current mobile internet radio system that is being replaced; something that doesn't appear to have been explained in the blog.

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    Comment number 6.

    Too smart for me. I am un-androided, un-ipadded or-podded and not hooked to apps - I just want to find programmes I missed on the radio. I long for simplicity and clarity. That seems to be more difficult to find with every "upgrade" of the worldservice website ...

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    Comment number 7.

    Stop the apple love please, android apps at the same time please.

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    Comment number 8.

    I think it is diabolical that the BBC chooses to support one manufacturer - Apple - whilst ignoring android that is used on most manufacturers devices. What is the nature of the relationship between the BBC and Apple ? is it in the interests of the majority of licence payers or just Apple's customers ?

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    Comment number 9.

    Why only support at the moment a totally closed system i.e. Apple?

    Seems perverse, even outrageous, for a publicly funded body like the BBC not to support open systems as much as possible and has been pointed out Android is the one with the most numbers.

    One for closer examination by our friends in the Yard. Oh but maybe they are YOUR friends. Eeek!

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    Comment number 10.

    @Robert Philpot (Comment #3)
    The changes won't have any affect on Internet radios; the streams themselves haven't changed.

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    Comment number 11.

    so how much have Apple paid you to leave out Android? Comon BEEB play fair.

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    Comment number 12.

    It's already been said above - again with the Apple..!

    All my mobile devices are Android - how long am I going to have to wait this time..?

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    Comment number 13.

    That's all very well, but you have many international listeners. I hope the web-based iPlayer will remain available to us outside the UK. It was bad enough when the "all UK stations" version no longer supported the "BBC favourites". Now are we to lose it altogether?

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    Comment number 14.

    Don't often comment on these sorts of message boards, but I just wanted to agree with everyone about Android. 1) Market for Android is bigger. 2) Why not wait until both are ready. 3) Don't say phone and tablet when you mean iphone and ipad! Bad form BBC!

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    Comment number 15.

    I thought the BBC was meant to be inclusive and non-partisan. As a BBC licence player I'm left out of this change in radio listening because I'm a member of the majority of mobile users: Android. So why the blatant discrimination BBC?

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    Comment number 16.

    Agree with the above

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    Comment number 17.

    I'm baffled by this. What's the point of disaggregating the system? I can still go the the iPlayer website and find TV and Radio sitting next door to each other. Why not simply integrate any new Radio functionality into the existing /iplayer/radio area? What, if anything, does this add to the plethora of internet radio options that are out there already? These are real, non-rhetorical questions. Whatever the answer is, I'm clearly not getting it so far.

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    Comment number 18.

    So what happened to my comment dont like Criticism

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    Comment number 19.

    There is just less functionality everywhere. Each show takes up the entire width of the screen when scrolling through lists, wasting huge amounts of space. There is not even a "download" or "add to favourites" link in many places.

    The worst is the favourites list itself:

    1. it can no longer be accessed while listening to something else

    2. summaries of shows are no longer displayed when I hover over each item

    and 3. it is now much harder to find my shows. Multiple programmes from the same series are no longer grouped, and they are now sorted by ascending availability time, apart from shows that are perpetually available, which inexplicably clog up the start of the list. The result is fifty shows from yesteryear, followed by a few imminently expiring ones, ending with a dozen from the rest of the week - completely unnavigable, well done.

    The iPlayer has been dumbed down for smartphone formats, removing many features from the desktop or even tablet versions. It would be perfectly possible to unify the look and navigation experience without gutting the best parts of the fullsize website. This great leap backwards is an enormous shame.

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    Comment number 20.

    Considering that the iplayer is not covered under the rules and obligations of BBC TV License, why am I not able to download it from itunes while living in Seattle? This is crazy! I can listen via the PC at home and in the office, but I can't download it onto my iPhone


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