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BBC massively ramps up available podcasts

Available from now until June

The BBC has begun the next stage of its planned move to ramp up the shows it makes available as podcasts.

The public service broadcaster now intends offering an hourly BBC World Service news bulletin and other key elements of its output – including a weekly 'best of' selection of interviews conducted for Newsnight by Jeremy Paxman and Woman's Hour shows.

Woman's Hour – in its 60th year on air – will offer a daily download featuring the top item from the morning's programme.

Another 29 radio programmes and highlights packages will join the trial – which allows listeners to download shows and subscribe to regular podcasts – later this month.

Start the Week, Broadcasting House, Today in Parliament, Front Row and other shows will also feature. Front Row will podcast a key interview each week, while Broadcasting House and 'Start The Week' will be available for download in their entirety once a week.

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra contribute weekly podcasts featuring the pick of interviews, gossip (Chart Chat with JK and Joel), news entertainment (Radio 1 Entertainment News) and unsigned music in the shape of Best of Unsigned (Radio 1) and 100 per cent Homegrown Mix (1Xtra), while Scott Mills joins station-mate Chris Moyles with a daily, speech-only package.

BBC Radio 3 joins the trial with 'Discovering Music' and a weekly speech highlights package. New additions from BBC Radio Five Live include highlights of football debate throughout the week from 606 and daily highlights from Simon Mayo in 'Daily Mayo'.

From BBC Nations and Regions, BBC Radio Cymru offers the BBC's first Welsh-language podcast and BBC Radio Wales' All Things Considered gives a weekly insight into religion and spirituality.

"There is also space for one-off, ad hoc programming throughout the trial, the BBC said.

All of the programmes will be available as downloads and podcasts here from February until June.

Simon Nelson, controller of BBC Radio and Music Interactive, said: "In extending the trial, we're offering some of BBC Radio's most distinctive programming and a broad range of shows to cater to most tastes.

"The feedback we get from the trial is helping to inform our strategy for 'audio on demand', giving listeners the control they are becoming increasingly used to in the digital world.

"Downloading and podcasting are potentially fantastic ways for us to make our on-demand programmes as accessible as live radio always has been."

This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk.

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