Spotify outlines ‘audio-first’ strategy, buys Gimlet and Anchor

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has said that the future of the streaming service is audio, not just music, as the company announced the acquisition of two podcasting companies, Gimlet Media and Anchor. Outlining his overall vision for the company, Ek said that he wants to bring radio listening to Spotify and deepen engagement with users. […]

Purnell: BBC must ‘change faster’ to compete against global players

The BBC needs to “change faster” in order to reach more young people and compete against powerful online video and audio providers like Netflix and Spotify, according to James Purnell. Speaking at the EBU’s ‘Truth and Power’ conference this week, the BBC’s director of radio and education said that the BBC’s goal is not to […]

BBC launches Amazon Alexa voice service

The BBC has launched an Amazon Alexa skill for Echo devices – its first full voice app for voice-controlled smart speakers. The app makes the BBC’s full range of live radio stations and on-demand podcasts available to Amazon Echo and Alexa users for the first time, with users able to access these by asking for […]

BBC reaches 98% DAB coverage with new transmitter

The BBC has upped its DAB (digital audio broadcasting) radio coverage to nearly 98% of UK homes with the launch of a new national transmitter. The BBC said that an additional 163 sites across the UK now deliver the BBC’s national radio service as part of the rollout, with more than 400,000 households and 1,490 […]

Nielsen: US adults’ news consumption up 18% in 2016

US adults spent 72.5 billion minutes consuming news in the average week in 2016, an 18% increase from the prior year, according to Nielsen. The research firm found that the biggest increase came from national cable news networks, with weekly gross minutes of news consumption reaching 27.1 billion last year, compared to 18.8 billion in 2015. […]

Report: BBC to move away from channel-focused structure

The BBC is reportedly planning to scrap its existing channel-based structure, replacing it with content and audience-led divisions. According to a Telegraph report, the BBC is planning to abolish its radio and television divisions, as part of a radical overhaul for the business that will be revealed by director general Tony Hall in the coming […]

BBC Radio 1 passes 2 million YouTube followers

BBC Radio 1 now has more than 2 million subscribers to its YouTube channel, and more than 2 million followers on Twitter and Facebook, the BBC Trust revealed as part of a radio service review. The review by the BBC’s governing body, which relates to BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music […]

iPlayer breaks radio streaming record

The BBC recorded 80 million requests for users listening back to radio programmes on the iPlayer in October, an all-time record for the online catch-up service. Including TV programme requests, users clicked to access 318 million programmes in the month – the iPlayer’s second highest monthly request figure following the 320 million requests logged in […]

iPlayer TV traffic from tablets exceeds PCs for the first time

BBC iPlayer TV programme requests from tablets were higher than from computers for the first time in April, according to the corporation’s latest catch-up service stats.  The BBC said that 30% of TV content requested during the month on iPlayer was from tablets, compared to 28% from computers and 18% from mobile devices. The rest […]

EBU step closer to securing .radio domain

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has passed the initial evaluation by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in its bid to secure the new top level domain name .radio. The EBU said that ICANN judged that it demonstrated the technical, operational and financial means to manage the .radio domain, but is now […]