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Key features of the BBC iPlayer Radio app
Today is an exciting day for me and my team as we are launching the BBC iPlayer Radio app for Android devices. It will bring all the same great features that are in the iOS version together with some further enhancements which utilise the specific navigational paradigms of the Android platform. Features include:
- A touchscreen dial that beautifully shows the breadth of our radio, allowing easy access to all 57 BBC radio stations and their live streams.
- An alarm clock to let you wake up to your favourite BBC Radio station.
- Access to catch-up content, video and audio clips, podcasts, and for music shows, the details of the tracklist.
- The ability to set programme alerts to tell you when specific favourite shows are on.
- The option to favourite tracks and share them with friends via email and Twitter.
The app is available now in the Google Play store and via the Amazon app store. This app is also available on Android tablets (not just smartphones), including the very popular Amazon…
Producer, BBC Radio 2
All next week, with the return of The Voice UK on BBC One, Radio 2 will be celebrating and exploring the most magical, incredible, beautiful instrument ever created: the human voice.
Hear the trailer for our week of special programmes celebrating the human voice.For me, producing this series has been an extraordinary experience; forcing me for the first time to consider the joy and complexity of the sound we make when we open our mouths. In song and in speech, our voices tell the rest of the world how we think and feel. They educate, inform, attract, entertain and offend.
The Voice on Radio 2 will showcase the full sweep of issues relating to human speech and song. The Jeremy Vine Show will look at losing one's voice and selective mutism, as well as exploring freedom of speech and the origin of British accents.
At the end of the week, Jeremy will be inviting the UK’s best-loved and best-known voices to take part in an extraordinary broadcast. Imagine sharing a drink with The London Underground, Tony the Tiger, Postman Pat, Siri, Big brother, the National Lottery…
Roy Whittaker (on the left) and David HendersonWhen Radio 4’s Broadcasting House launched an appeal for lost recordings of Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America, last October, no one could have imagined that it would lead to over 620 missing programmes being restored to the BBC’s archive.
Fortunately two listeners - Roy Whittaker, from Cornwall, and David Henderson, from Warwickshire, heard the programme and contacted Broadcasting House. They…
Sculpture in the entrance to the Hotel Royal Christiana
What is By:Larm?
By:Larm is a 4 day music event held in Oslo annually. According to an online translation service, the name translates as ‘Urban Noise’.
What you will find there are lots of panels, seminars and training sessions through the day, and live performances from a diverse range of Nordic and Scandinavian artists performing at a selection of venues around the city by night.
Commissioning Editor Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra
So far this month we've seen the editor of Newsbeat dance like a loon to the Harlem Shake, the controller of Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra being forced to choose which female DJ he'd like to kiss and Sara Cox wrestle her producer to the ground.
This isn't exactly what we envisaged when we proposed that February should be Access All Areas month on Radio 1.
The month had 2 clear objectives:
- To be as open…
Ed's note: On Saturday afternoon this new version of The Wind in the Willows was broadcast on Radio 4. You can hear it on Radio iPlayer for the next five days. Here the project's production coordinator Selina Ream describes the process once they got into the BBC studios at Maida Vale a few days before Christmas.
Toad stared fixedly in the direction of the disappearing motor-car...
When I asked to work on the new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows just over a year…
Recent listening figures from RAJAR suggest around 20% of the UK has listened to radio via a mobile phone. This figure nearly doubles to 37.6% for 15-24 year olds. It's not surprising then that the mobile apps that the BBC and Radioplayer both launched in late 2012 have proved very successful.
The BBC iPlayer Radio app on iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch) has been downloaded more than 1.4 million times…
Senior Producer, A&Mi
The control room BBC Daventry Empire Short Wave Station, 1938.
"13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves." from The UNESCO website
- You can find out more about the second World Radio Day on the UNESCO website.
- The picture is from the BBC…
Last week, we re-launched Radio 1's Live Lounge website. It contains an archive of 426 Live Lounge sessions dating back to 2007, showing who played when, where and what they played. Each entry has photographs, and some of the more recent ones have audio and video.
The new site looks great on mobile, and from now on all Live Lounge videos will play on your mobile too.
The Live Lounge is the…