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 21.

    What is wrong with the BBC ? Why must they dance to Apple's (i)Tune ? The Beeb is supposed to be an open corporation. The copyright and geography laws are vastly outdated, and the Beeb should be busting these open for Brits everywhere, not building applications based on closed, predominantly American technology.

    C'mon Beeb -start opening things up - take the high moral ground and have open content on open platforms; not more yankee imperialism.

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    Comment number 22.

    If you want to get apps into the Apple Store then you need to make it exclusive to IOS, at least for a short while. This seems to be an unwritten rule for app development. Appreciate there is a greater development time for Android due to the number of versions out there but that is what really stops Android and Apple Apps being released simultaneously. Seen it happen to so many apps, I'll just wait for the Android version.

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    Comment number 23.

    I appreciate the effort that has gone into the new Radioplayer. I would like to say that I preferred the previous offering. Then I could see what programme was playing on each channel without having to start the programme. If you see what I mean?

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    Comment number 24.

    Totally agree with all the comments about Android. If any version needed to be first then it should have been Android.

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    Comment number 25.

    is the mobile iplayer going to be available at a later date in the US?

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    Comment number 26.

    Funny title for the video above 'Take BBC Radio with you whenever, wherever' - like with so many video and audio clips on BBC radio websites, I can't watch or listen to it, as I live in Austria. Please sort this out so that listeners can enjoy the background stories to go with their favourite radio programmes!

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    Comment number 27.

    How much is Apple paying you for this advertising? We all have to pay the BBC TV Tax but you only seem interested in Apple. Why is this? Is there a deal going on behind the scenes; everyone at the BBC knows about it but nobody is prepared to speak about?

    Sounds uncomfortably familiar.

    On the bright side, with this advertising money from Apple when will we see a reduction in our TV Tax?

    Get an Android - NOW.

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    Comment number 28.

    I don't understand Mark Friend's very short blog above. I have two digital radios in my house, how will I be able to hear previously transmitted broadcasts on iPlayer on them? Or is this just for people with iphones? I don't have one of those. Further explanation of iPlayer is needed for people like me.

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    Comment number 29.

    Yet another 'i' centric release from the BBC. what is worse, these 'updates' have broken the 'frigg' that
    meant that most of the bbc web site would work on my Android phone...
    So.. Most people are using android phone devices. when will that be released?
    (at least 'Tune in Radio' is still working for android... so you can still listen to 6 music on the move.....)

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    Comment number 30.

    Just downloaded the App onto my phone and it works wonderfully, now I can listen to Chris Evans on my walk to work.
    I usually just use my ipod to listen to my music, but I love to have the choice.
    Later I shall download it to my tablet too.

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    Comment number 31.

    Could some one explain why the BBC is not properly releasing this new app to everyone please? It smacks of a little bit of arrogance to stick an Apple app out as 'The Big Launch' rather than letting everyone have access to the content fairly and squarely.
    Perhaps someone could explain it when they get back from lunch, but I won't hold my breath

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    Comment number 32.

    How do we get the new app? I can't find it when I search in the App store, and when I go to BBC iplayer on my iphone, I am told that the BBC doesn't support iplayer outside of the UK, which I know is the case for TV, but not for radio!

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    Comment number 33.

    I live in Germany, and I cannot access the new, all singing, all dancing iPlayer Radio app here in the German iTunes store. I presume that this is deliberate, but why? Why is it possible to use the Web Interface, but why not the dedicated app? Seems a tad inconsistent. Or is this some strange consequence of the license fee? If that is the case, why don't you integrate radio (live and on-demand) into the existing BBC global iPlayer?

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    Comment number 34.

    Not impressed so far. Go to the 6music page and it's not immediately obvious how I go about actually listening to the radio.

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    Comment number 35.

    I think the focus on radio provided by this new, distinct app is excellent. Radio is very often by-passed for TV alternatives by iPlayer users and this will help remind non-regular listeners how rewarding radio can be. And why all the anger about iOS support? It is a very widely used platform and the new app is very welcome. The BBC have explained elsewhere on this site that the delay with Android is Flash related. Why can't people just accept that and be patient. I am sure they are doing their best.

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    Comment number 36.

    LIve County Cricket: just a quick question for anyone who knows ... there is a great deal of excellent county cricket commentary provided by internet-only local radio broadcasts during the county cricket season. Can anyone confirm that these live broadcasts will be available on the new iPlayer Radio app and will be easily accessible? It would dramatically increase listener levels. At present, it is necessary for mobile cricket fans to use a third party app and use counter-intuitive means to discover the live internet channel number and then search for that channel number. Hopefully this nonsense is a thing of the past? Thanks.

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    Comment number 37.

    There is a problem 35. theaket. Why should Android users 'be patient' when their market share is 55%? Apple only have 33%. Why are the BBC looking after 'a third' when they could make over half happy right away? One is left with the very obvious conclusion that a 'deal' has been done. How, as TV Tax Payers, do we benefit from this?

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    Comment number 38.

    "....strengthening radio's position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK."
    That is as long as you like what the BBC allows us to hear. Want something between raucous cacophony and classical? Forget it, Light music is forbidden. Some choice!

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    Comment number 39.

    I was randomly picked in a BBC marketing survey a few weeks ago to test and provide comments on this new Radio 4 website format. I told them it was (with a few small exceptions) quite awful, and a backwards step in usability. The layout is confusing, chaotic and difficult to navigate due to many pages having overlapping content, and the categorisation of programmes is unsuitable for Radio 4 (probably because it is no longer optimised for the station), making quality and intellectual content harder to find and thus representing a dumbing down in terms of accessibility. I would be interested to know what the results of this survey were (i.e. whether most respondents agreed with me or not) and whether the BBC paid any attention to them in deciding to go ahead anyway.

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    Comment number 40.

    I'd like to see the radioplayer desktop app be able to size rather than just the option of minimize .
    preferred the smaller widget .


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