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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.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.