BBC Prepping Internet Radio Player With Commercial Stations

The BBC is collaborating with some of the big names in the radio industry to launch a new platform, codenamed as the “UK Radioplayer”, a software application which would allow users to search and store as many as 400 UK radio stations over the internet.

The project, which involves BBC’s partnerships with Guardian Media Group, Global Radio, and Radio Centre, would let the radio enthusiasts have access to more than 400 Ofcom-licensed local and national radio stations over the web, according to Tim Davie, BBC director for music and audio.

The UK Radioplayer, which is expected to hit the floor in the first half of the next year, would function as a pop-up application that would have the capability to stream national, local, community, and student radio stations, offering an exclusive, seamless, and continually-updated catch up radio service.

The service will initially be debuted for PCs, but iterations for iPhone, and other handheld devices is anticipated to be available soon afterwards.

Touting the collaborative initiative, Tim Davie said in a statement: “This is a really exciting development and a result of focused, collaborative thinking within the radio industry. The aim of this service is to grow listening across the industry and help preserve radio's unique position.”