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BBC Sounds to transform what you hear with exclusive music mixes, radio and new podcasts

PRESS RELEASE — October 31, 2018

The BBC has launched BBC Sounds which brings together 80,000 hours of unmissable music, radio and podcasts, available live and on-demand in a personalised single app and website.

With more people listening on mobile, BBC Sounds makes it easier to discover and enjoy exclusive music mixes, award-winning BBC podcasts as well as popular podcasts made outside the BBC.

At an event in London, BBC Director-General Tony Hall said:

“Radio is a unique and precious part of our lives and we’re innovating to secure its future for generations to come. BBC Sounds is a standalone , and standout, destination bringing the best of everything we do in audio into one place. It allows us all to experiment – to explore new music, stories and ideas – to play with form and content. And it’s going to support a whole new generation of talent.”

James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, added:

“BBC Sounds will bring you all our audio, at the touch of a button. We’ll do the hard work of finding the right mix, podcast or radio programme for you. It’s the start of an adventure – we’ll learn from our audiences to keep improving what Sounds offers, so we can bring the best to everyone.”

Bob Shennan, Director of Radio and Music, said:

“BBC Radio has always been brilliant at reinventing itself and BBC Sounds is the next chapter in that great tradition. We make the best radio, podcasts and offer the best music curation in the world and through BBC Sounds we can ensure more people than ever can enjoy that when and how they want.”

Every person’s experience of BBC Sounds will be unique - as it’s designed to learn from listening habits, providing one-tap access to the latest episodes of favourite BBC podcasts and radio shows and introduce people to new audio they wouldn’t otherwise have discovered.

This week BBC Sounds will be loaded with all of listeners’ favourite shows and podcasts as well as brand new podcasts and music mixes, with more to come over the following weeks and months.

MUSIC

For the first time 40 new music mixes have been specially curated for BBC Sounds by the BBC’s top music experts and other artists such as:

PODCASTS

There is now more on demand audio content from the BBC than ever before. There will be almost 600 podcast series in total and 20 new podcasts with top BBC presenters and other UK talent launching on BBC Sounds either immediately or over the coming months including:

End of Days, Rylan Clark-Neal’s Step Back in Time, Replay, Live Lounge Uncovered, Life Lessons, Birthday Girls’ House Party and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward will be exclusively available on BBC Sounds in their first month.

New episodes from some of our most popular recently launched podcasts will also be on BBC Sounds including the second series of Evil Genius with Russell Kane, Fit and Fearless, The Receipts on 1Xtra Chat, GrownUpLand, Blood on the Tracks, The Boring Talks, Birthday Girls’ House Party and the award-winning You, Me and the Big C.

Listeners will be able to indulge in the back catalogues of popular podcasts from outside the BBC including The Guilty Feminist, Griefcast, Swipe Left Swipe Left, Beef and Dairy Network, Table Manners and Everyone Else. There will be more podcasts from outside the BBC over the coming months.

ARCHIVE BBC COMEDY AND DRAMA

There will also be more than 100 hours – 20 different titles – of newly available classic BBC comedy and drama from the archives which are exclusively on BBC Sounds. This includes back catalogues of The Tim Vine Chat Show, comedies Simon Evans goes to Market and five series of The Shuttleworths, dramas Just a Girl and nine series of The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles. Over the coming year there is expected to be more than 1000 hours of comedy, dramas and documentaries from the archives.

BBC Sounds is available online at bbc.co.uk/sounds and can be downloaded for iOS, Android and Amazon.

Read more about what you can do on BBC Sounds here

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