5 live news and sport on your mobile
2010 is going to be a big year for radio. DAB continues to grow, there is a new industry Radio Player to look forward to, and of course the small matter of the World Cup.
But one thing is for certain for radio, the future is going to be more mobile. Our intention is to make sure you can enjoy 5 live on as many devices as possible while on the move.
While FM radio has been available on mobile for some time, 5 live has been trickier, given that our analogue transmission remains on 909/693 MW.
Very soon, you'll be able to listen live on a range of phones by accessing the 5 live stream via the BBC mobile website.
In addition Erik Huggers, BBC Director of Future Media & Technology, announced today that the BBC will be developing official BBC Sport and BBC News apps for the iPhone and then for the BlackBerry and Android devices later in this year.
The new BBC Sport iPhone application will offer you all the sports programmes you currently listen to on 5 Live. For the first time all of 5 live's commentary and analysis will available on mobile. You'll be able to access all BBC Sport content: text, audio and video, in one place while on the move.
All of 5 live's programming is available on demand via BBC iPlayer on mobile, with live access coming soon. 5 live's podcasts along with the rest of the BBC podcast portfolio can be accessed directly from mobiles on a WiFi connection, without the need to connect with a PC and very soon, visitors to the 5live mobile site will have access to a live audio stream, even over 3G networks.
And we're just getting started.
Brett Spencer is Interactive Editor at BBC Radio 5 live
- Erik Huggers announced the new mobile apps at a mobile phone industry conference in Barcelona. His post on the BBC Internet blog has some interesting slides and David Madden's post - also on the BBC Internet blog - a Flash demo.
- There's a press release on the BBC web site and a blog post by Pete Clifton, Head of Editorial Development at BBC News, on the Editors blog.
- The story has been picked up by the Financial Times and trade papers New Media Age and The Register.
- Picture by Dave Patten. Used under licence.