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BBC Sounds enables multi-room playback on Alexa

Listeners with Alexa-enabled smart speakers are now able to listen to BBC Sounds on multiple Alexa devices at once. Aniruddh Dimri Head of Product, BBC Sounds, commented: We know that this is something our listeners have been wanting for a long time, and we’ve worked hard with Amazon to make it happen. If you have […]

November 10, 2023

AudioUK raises concerns over BBC competition

AudioUK, the trade body for independent audio production companies, has responded to the BBC confirming that it will be moving a significant part of its speech audio production to BBC Studios by April 2024. This will mean the BBC will be competing against the independent audio production sector to make audio content, including podcasts, for […]

November 7, 2023

BBC launching Amazing Sport Stories podcast

The BBC World Service and BBC Sounds have announced the launch of a new podcast, Amazing Sport Stories. A BBC press release said: “This is about sport but not as you know it. Think underdogs, myths and drama. There are other podcasts about champions, team news and millionaire superstars  – this one is about courage, […]

October 10, 2023

BBC Proms draws record audiences

The BBC Proms 2023 came to a close on September 9th, with the celebratory Last Night of the Proms rounding off an eventful season. Audiences flocked to the Royal Albert Hall with well over half the main evening concerts selling out and an average audience attendance across the season at the Hall of 93 per […]

September 12, 2023

Troy Deeney, Jermain Defoe co-host new BBC podcast

To mark the start of the 2023-24 Premier League season, Defoe and Deeney Football Firsts launches on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Live, alongside the return of the popular Footballer’s Football Podcast series 4. With 209 Premier League goals between them, Defoe and Deeney Football Firsts brings together former Tottenham, West Ham and England […]

August 15, 2023

BBC extends Glastonbury deal

The BBC will continue to be Glastonbury Festival’s exclusive, multimedia broadcast partner, following a multi-year extension, and has announced that this year it will broadcast 40 hours of Glastonbury coverage across its TV channels, as well as over 85 hours of live radio. Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music, commented: “Glastonbury 2023 will have even […]

May 31, 2023By Nik Roseveare

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