BBC iPlayer Help

How long are podcasts available for?

It depends on the podcast:

  • The majority of podcasts are available on the website or in the app for either 30 days or indefinitely
  • Some podcast episodes may disappear after seven days - this is for rights reasons or where it is felt that the episodes might go out of date quickly
  • Some podcast series may be made available for the duration of a particular series or season, with all the episodes disappearing seven days after the final episode has been published

How can I tell how long a podcast will be available for?

Find the podcast episode in question and look for the availability information underneath the playback screen:




On the BBC Sounds app, tap on the podcast episode to find information about that podcast, including how long it’s available for:




If you’re worried about missing a podcast, you can subscribe so that the podcasts are brought to you. Check our How do I subscribe to podcasts? page for advice on how to do this.

What if I download a podcast?

Once you have downloaded a podcast episode, it is yours to keep forever and will not expire. Unfortunately, if you missed an episode and didn't download it within the period of availability, we will not be able to provide you with a copy.

Why don't all radio programmes have a podcast?

Rights restrictions mean that some programmes can't currently be made available as podcasts. This is often the case for programmes that contain sport, music, comedy, drama and readings.

The selection of podcasts currently on offer has been chosen to represent a wide range of BBC radio audio output and we hope that you will find something which interests you. Don’t forget that if you’re using the app, most full programmes will also be available to download for 30 days.

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