We launched a new version of the BBC Radio Player today. Go to bbc.co.uk/radio or bbc.co.uk/music and click the ‘Launch BBC Radio Player’ button to see/hear it.
It’s just live, so there’s inevitably a few tweaks and errors to fix (i.e. erroneous scroll bars in Mac Safari and Firefox etc.) – please bear with us. But this one is a huge step forward in terms of the amount of BBC radio content you can now access. We’ve tried to foreground the content rather than features in this version, whilst improving the navigation. We’re also enabling browsing whilst listening, which has necessitated the use of framesets, but this reinforces a coherent approach across our emerging ‘family of on demand products’ (News Player, Sport Player etc.). There’s over 500 hours of quality programming in there, across networks and genres:
"Newly available programmes include: Colin & Edith, Jo Whiley and Vernon Kay (Radio 1); Steve Wright, Sarah Kennedy and Ken Bruce (Radio 2); Morning on 3 and Performance on 3 (Radio 3); Ace & Invisible and Rampage (1Xtra); Night Train (6 Music); Midday News (Five Live); and Drive with Nikki Bedi and Breakfast with Gagan Grewal (Asian Network)."
"The new Radio Player also features live streaming of every one of the BBC’s English local radio and national stations: Radio Scotland and Radio Nan Gaidheal; Radio Wales and Radio Cymru; Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle; all 40 of the BBC’s local radio stations."
More here: BBC Press Office
There are a few little apps-type extras in there – watch for a minimise button appearing soon, for instance, for those worried about the increased size of the player; plus a ‘resume listening where you left off’ function; plus a brand new back-end – and then we move right on to development of a yet more sophisticated version (possibles: personalisation, ratings, multiple formats etc.).
But hope you like the improvements for now, and agree with the approach of getting the content out there clearly. As ever, I’d be interested in your reactions. Major tip of the hat to our teams here, particularly Dawn Budge, Conal Jones, Andy Maclarty, Neil Slater, Dan Taylor, Jamie Tetlow and others who helped out on it.
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