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Ofcom issues new BBC operating licence

The changing needs of viewers and listeners and a demand for greater public accountability are enshrined in a new, modernised BBC operating licence announced by broadcast regulator Ofcom. The licence, which comes into effect on April 1st, 2023, has been designed firmly to hold the BBC to account on delivering its remit, while enabling it […]

March 23, 2023By Colin Mann

New appointments to BBC Studios Audio

BBC Studios has made three new appointments working across comedy productions for BBC Studios Audio. Ella Woods takes up the newly created role of Development Producer, whilst Kate Dehnert and Cody Dahler join as staff writers. Charged with developing new podcasts and radio programmes, Ella Woods joins the team from the BBC Sounds and Radio […]

March 2, 2023

BBC local radio increasing support for new music

The BBC will continue to champion local music across England with fresh plans for BBC Introducing on local radio and BBC Sounds. In the future, 20 new BBC Introducing programmes will broadcast across the BBC’s 39 local stations each week. For the first time ever these 20 shows will each broadcast twice a week (on […]

February 3, 2023

Increased listening for BBC Radio, BBC Sounds in Q4

More than 33 million people listened to BBC Radio stations live each week during the final quarter of 2022, according to new RAJARs. Radio 5 Live boosted its live audience to 5.57 milion with its news and sports content, including Formula 1 and 2022 FIFA World Cup. Radio 4 and its agenda-setting breakfast show, Today, […]

February 2, 2023

BBC proceeds with local modernisation plans

The BBC says is taking the next steps to reshape local services after listening to audience feedback around proposals for local radio programming. In October 2022, proposals to modernise BBC local services were set out to boost online provision for 43 areas across the country, enhance local audio services on BBC Sounds and create a […]

January 18, 2023

iPlayer, BBC Sounds set festive records

Viewers and listeners flocked to BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds in record numbers over the festive period with millions also watching on BBC TV and listening on BBC Radio. On BBC iPlayer, every day across the ‘festive fortnight’ – December 20th to January 2nd – programmes were streamed more times on iPlayer this year than […]

January 5, 2023

Mini-budget pulls record traffic to BBC Sounds

From July to September 2022 there was an average 4.3 million weekly people using BBC Sounds, with a record weekly 4.53 million coming in the week following the UK’s mini-budget – particularly to Newscast to help make sense of the economic crisis. This quarter BBC Sounds launched Local To Me, a new feature that helps […]

October 24, 2022

BBC Radio 5 Live ups football offering

Ahead of the new Premier League season, which kicks off on August 5th, BBC Radio 5 Live has revealed its broadcast offering for the 2022-2023 season. As previously announced, BBC Radio 5 Live has secured rights to air the following live Premier League games each week: Saturday – 3pm [1st pick] Saturday – 5.30pm Sunday […]

July 25, 2022

BBC iPlayer streams up 8% YoY

The BBC’s Annual Report reveals the broadcaster reaches 90 per cent of UK adults on average each week, rising to 97 per cent over a month. The BBC says it is the nation’s number one media brand having “increased value for money and become leaner”, while at the same time BBC Studios has broken all […]

July 12, 2022

BBC Sounds on PS5; signs Kamara

The BBC Sounds app is now available on the PlayStation 5. Listeners with PS5s consoles can now access live and on demand radio from the BBC’s national and local stations, music mixes curated by experts, artists and special guests, and a wide range of podcasts. Pushpa Reddy, director of product management, BBC, commented: “Record numbers […]

May 25, 2022By Nik Roseveare