Thursday 31 July 2014, 09:20
BBC Radio has launched a new way to help audiences discover radio - Radio Explorer.
Radio Explorer - Landing
It's not always been easy to find BBC Programmes programmes about the things you love – but now Radio Explorer allows you to search BBC Radio using keywords and topics.
Your passion might be Reggae, Game of Thrones or baking. Once you enter a topic Radio Explorer will create a playlist related to your topic, with programmes and clips from Radio 3, Radio 4 and 5 live.
Radio Explorer - Search
The BBC Radio Explorer was an idea that came about from a Radio 4 Hackday which brought together programme makers, producers, software engineers, web developers and web designers from different areas of the BBC to collaborate on ideas focused on Radio 4's output and looking at intersting digital offers that could be done to showcase network's incredibly diverse range of content.
Jason Williams, a Web Developer within the Radio & Music team at the BBC (who have also developed Playlister), came up with the idea:
"I was in the car listening to shows like The News Quiz or The Now Show and thought there must be an easier way to find out if there was more comedy on offer from BBC Radio.
I then decided to look online to see if i could find any more using BBC and other search engines, I then realised this could be simplified if I could search exactly for what I want within the BBC and have those clips or episode available to me instantly.
This concept worked even better for more specific searches, such as politician’s names, stories of the week or topical subjects."
Radio Explorer is currently pulling clips and programmes from Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 5 Live, Radio 5 live Sports Extra and Radio 3.
Radio Explorer is currently in Beta - which means it's a work in progress. Please let us know what you think of it and we'd welcome suggestions on how we could improve it.
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