What happened to BBC iPlayer Radio?

Page updated: 4th September 2019

In 2018, the BBC announced that it will be replacing BBC iPlayer Radio with a new audio product called BBC Sounds to introduce a more personalised listening experience. Combining radio, podcasts and music, BBC Sounds brings together all of the 80,000 hours of audio content we have available across the BBC to people who might be less familiar with it.

In his speech to the Royal Television Society, BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: "We’re changing the way we can all consume radio with a new audio service, BBC Sounds, to replace iPlayer Radio, to give you easier access to the great British content we make."

From Monday 16 September, iPlayer Radio users will see a message that says it will be closing and that BBC Sounds is now the one place for all BBC audio. This will be followed in due course by a message to say that the app has now closed, and people won’t be able to use iPlayer Radio from this point.

You can find out more about the changes to BBC iPlayer Radio and our new BBC Sounds website in the following pages: