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UPDATE (29 July): After discussion, the IOC and the BBC have agreed that there is no need to block our international streams of Radio 4 programmes with a wide news agenda. Radio 5 Live (apart from the news programme Up All Night) and 5 Live Olympics Extra will remain available only in the UK. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 will also now be available internationally. Radio 5 Live Sports Extra coverage of non Olympic Sports will be available as normal.

Original post (27 July): One of the benefits of the BBC's online radio streams is that listeners all over the world can enjoy just about all our programmes live and on demand.

Unfortunately, there are some types of content where we are restricted from distributing overseas, usually because of sports rights. The impact of this will be very noticeable throughout the Olympic Games because the BBC has the rights to broadcast from Olympic venues only to the UK.

This is what happened on the Today Programme this morning. When parts of BBC radio programmes are broadcast from an Olympic site, the live and on demand stream will be blocked to international audiences for the duration of that segment. International audiences will hear a message informing them of the rights restrictions in place.

Some entire BBC radio stations will only be available in the UK for the duration of the Games. For example, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio 5 live olympics extra all have substantial coverage from the Olympic sites and will be blocked to international audiences.

When whole, or large parts of, programmes are broadcast from an Olympic site, the entire programme will be blocked to international audiences. The frequency of this may vary. For example:

  • Radio 2's Chris Evans' Breakfast Show is broadcasting from the Olympic Park and will be blocked to international audiences for the duration of the Games.
  • Radio 4's Today Programme was broadcast from the Olympic Park on Friday 27 July and therefore blocked to international audiences on that day.

In some cases, when only parts of programmes are broadcast from an Olympic site, it may be possible to block the Olympics segment and make the rest of the programme available internationally. This will apply to many editions of Radio 4's Today Programme.

Mark Friend is Controller Multi-platforms & Interactive BBC Audio and Music.

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  • Comment number 119. Posted by ScotinParis

    on 7 Aug 2012 10:32

    So I can listen to Radio 4 including items about the Olympics (except for the NOW show for some bizarre reason) but Radio Scotland is still blocked completely. My complaint to the BBC just received a standard reply, obviously via some automated process as it ignored the main question & mostly discuuses Radio 4. Can anyone at the beeb explain ?

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  • Comment number 118. Posted by The Bee Bee Sea

    on 6 Aug 2012 10:37

    So... I see the blog update at the top here, but...

    How can it be, that BBC 4 Newcastle is still blocked on TuneIn.com? I live in Norway and have been in Newcastle about 50 times the last 15 years, and this makes me so sad...

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  • Comment number 117. Posted by barton

    on 3 Aug 2012 10:24

    The I.O.C. need to be put in their place: these people seem to assume that sport is of greater importance than culture and national sovereignty. Of course, one need only remember this modern Olympic organization is French and look no further for an explanation of their chauvinistic approach. At this moment I am sitting in my Portuguese home wondering why I cannot listen to a programme about J.R.Tolkien ? Whatever does this have to do with the I.O.C. or that repetitive mind-numbing 'rights restrictions' ear torture ? I love our Olympic effort and support the fantastic athletes... but surely we can apply a little sanity to this situation BBC ???

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  • Comment number 116. Posted by enjaygee

    on 1 Aug 2012 23:13

    I couldn't care too much about Olympic updates, but it's downsright absurd to be blocked from the Now Show. Come on BBC, where on earth is your sense of humour and fair play? If you can restore access to news programmes, then surely international listeners shouldn't be denied the pleasure of some class satire? I'd certainly like to know whether Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis could turn "due to rights restrictions this part of the programme is unavailable" to a point of hilarity. Can you pass on the challenge and then let me hear it?

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  • Comment number 115. Posted by dry_roasted

    on 31 Jul 2012 20:58

    Glad the jamming of Radio 4 has been largely ended. Thankfully a grown-up came along in the end. Who's brainwave was it anyway to send Radio 4 off to the Olympics and then block all signals coming out of there?

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  • Comment number 114. Posted by VR59

    on 31 Jul 2012 20:02

    Absolutely disgraceful. No wonder so many people hate the IOC.

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by Mark

    on 31 Jul 2012 17:13

    Great and sensible news. Although I'm not sure about the benefits of sharing Mr evans with the world...

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by cookerid

    on 31 Jul 2012 16:36

    Thank you very very much for reactivating the stream outside the UK. Credit where credit is due!

    Long live the BBC!

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by Sarah Blight

    on 31 Jul 2012 09:51

    Hi - Re the amazing GB gymastics team winning bronze! I keep hearing that there has not been any British team medalists in this event for 100 years. This is incorrect. My grandfather and team won a bronze medal in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. I have the medal and photo to prove this and was selected as a torchbearer in memory of his achievement. Not sure what has happened to the records!
    Sarah Blight

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by M

    on 31 Jul 2012 02:16

    The Now Show - "live from the Olympics!" - is blocked!!! Comedy *about* the Olympics is blocked! The biggest joke here, of course, is the policies of the BBC.

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