iPlayer radio launching in December

A BBC-backed radio streaming application with the potential of allowing users access to audio content from more than 400 stations nationwide is to launch in December.

The first working version of the UK Radioplayer project – dubbed “the iPlayer for radio” – was unveiled at the annual Radio Festival in Salford.

Content from about 50 radio stations, both BBC and commercial, will be available when the site goes live in December, with 150 more on board at the time of full commercial launch in February 2011. Potentially the remaining Ofcom-licensed stations could then sign up. UK Radioplayer is also likely to have a presence on YouView, set to launch early next year.

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