BBC Radio 1 to get its own channel on BBC iPlayer


Justin Timberlake

BBC Radio 1 has announced it is going to get its own channel on BBC iPlayer.

The station says the move will allow fans to watch exclusive performances and interviews not broadcast anywhere else.

It's hoped the move to BBC iPlayer will help reach more young people.

Content will include music featured in Radio 1's Live Lounge, at the annual Big Weekend festival and interviews with celebrities and artists from around the world.

There will also be some familiar features, like Innuendo Bingo from the Scott Mills team.

Ben Cooper
Image caption BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Controller Ben Cooper

The Controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Ben Cooper, says it's about developing new ways for people to access Radio 1's content.

"I'm very excited about transforming Radio 1 from being just a radio station into being a full audio-visual channel," he said.

"Radio 1 has always pioneered innovative ideas and led the way in engaging with young people.

"This is another huge step in cementing that reputation."

The station says the new channel means people will be able to get content from Radio 1 on TV, laptops, tablets or smartphones whenever they want.

Radio 1's Live Lounge
Image caption The new channel will feature music from Radio 1's Live Lounge

It's also hoped that the new channel will carry live events such as the Radio 1 Teen Awards and BBC Radio 1Xtra Live.

No date has been announced yet for when Radio 1's iPlayer channel will be launched.

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