Twenty new podcasts available on BBC Sounds including Beyond Today, a daily news podcast, as well as new podcasts from well-known favourites Rylan Clark-Neal, Konnie Huq, Colin Murray and the stars of EastEnders
Forty new and exclusive music mixes curated by the BBC’s music experts, artists and others including top footballing stars
Popular and chart topping podcasts made outside the BBC including The Guilty Feminist, Beef and Dairy Network, Griefcast and Swipe Left Swipe Left available on BBC Sounds
Over 100 hours of classic BBC comedy and drama newly available and only on BBC Sounds
The BBC’s national and regional radio stations as well as BBC World Service, live and on demand
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.
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:
1Xtra’s Throwback Thursday is breaking out from Dotty's Breakfast show with favourites from years gone by
Beats and Bars from 1Xtra this weekly mix from Radio 1Xtra will remind you why UK urban music is taking over the world, featuring tracks from some of the biggest names on the scene
Break Up Soundtrack from Radio 1 the soundtrack to turn to when you need music most
Match of the Day Mix in which football’s biggest names create their ultimate pre-match list, starting with Pep Guardiola, and with future mixes by Alex Scott, Dion Dublin and Sam Vokes
Celebrity guests curate their favourite songs in The Takeover, beginning with Nile Rogers’ Ultimate Party Mix, Kylie Minogue’s My Time Mix and Craig David’s Ultimate Mix; and with Mabel and Tom Grennan’s coming soon
BBC Introducing The Hot List where you’ll find the freshest unsigned and new talent from across the UK
Behind the Album has artists sharing the tracks they listened to when creating their album starting with Rita Ora, and with Years and Years and The Prodigy to come soon
Now Hear This from Radio 1 is the best of new music as chosen by our music teams; and Classical Fix is a musical extension of the podcast series from Radio 3 in which famous faces get an introduction to classical music