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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. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/).
  • 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.

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 41. Posted by Paul Murphy

    on 9 Oct 2012 10:01

    Hello,

    I'm Paul Murphy and I'm the editor of the Radio blog. Here are the first set of responses to your comments:
    @Steve Brammer @Alan Robertson @matthew_paine @thefatbaker @organum and others
    There have been a number of comments since yesterday evening on the availability of an iPlayer Radio Android app. As Mark says in his blog above the iPlayer Radio mobile app is available from the Apple store at launch, other mobile platforms to follow.
    We designed and built native applications for both Android and iOS, intending to release them both at the same time. A key piece of software (Adobe Flash) was recently removed from the Android operating system causing problems with the way we stream audio and video on Android phones. We are working hard to solve this issue but it means that the Android version of the iPlayer Radio app will be delayed by a few months.
    Users of Android and other smartphones can still enjoy an excellent BBC iPlayer Radio experience on their phones via the browser site - simply visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio on your phone's internet browser.
    See http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/playing_radio_progs/mobileradio for full information on using iPlayer Radio on mobiles.

    @Carrot Muncher @ Paul East and others
    Users of Android and other smartphones can still enjoy an excellent BBC iPlayer Radio experience on their phones via the browser site - simply visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio on your phone's internet browser. A dedicated app for Android will launch shortly. See http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/playing_radio_progs/mobileradio for full information on using iPlayer Radio on mobiles.

    @ Robert
    @Fred Hart is correct. Your internet radio streams will not be affected by this launch.

    @Lizzie
    You can listen to BBC iPlayer Radio outside the UK. We often have to restrict access to some programmes to UK users only. For instance, we only have the rights to broadcast certain sporting events in the UK - not worldwide. These include Premiership football matches, local radio football commentary, and Formula One Grand Prix. The launch of iPlayer Radio does not impact on these rights.

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