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Radioplayer goes live in the UK

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Radioplayer has today launched in the UK, bringing together all BBC and commercial radio stations in a single online platform.

The service, officially unveiled way back in November 2009, will eventually bring together every Ofcom-licensed radio station in the UK, offering live and on-demand content.

Radioplayer launches today with 157 radio stations, including all the BBC's national and local stations, as well as commercial networks such as Global's Capital and Heart stations, Absolute Radio and GMG's Smooth Radio.

Stations from Bauer Media and UTV Media, including Kiss and TalkSport, will join Radioplayer within a week of the launch, taking the total number of stations from 157 to 228.

Other stations soon becoming available include Fun Kids, Global Traffic Network, Planet Rock and Manx Radio, along with a range of local, regional, student and community radio networks.

All stations have full control of their Radioplayer pages, including options for branding and visual content, along with commercial sponsorship, "skins" and audio streams.

Radioplayer supports live, on-demand, listen again and podcasts in a "one-stop shop" for radio listening. Users can search for stations by name, programme, location, presenter or topic, and then create presets of their favourite networks.

Alongside DAB, Radioplayer is hoped to become a vital component of the radio industry's multiplatform digital push. There are plans for a potential future rollout on mobile devices and Radioplayer was also recently confirmed as a content advisory partner for YouView, the BBC-backed venture that aims to upgrade Freeview and Freesat to support web services.

Tim Davie, the director of BBC Audio and Music, said: "Radioplayer's strength is a simple, powerful offer to listeners: all of radio in one place. This partnership is another signal that the radio industry is accelerating cross-industry innovation."

Andrew Harrison, chairman of UK Radioplayer, added: "Radioplayer will benefit the entire UK radio industry - BBC, commercial, and all Ofcom-licensed community, hospital and student radio.

"Every station on Radioplayer will be one click away from every other station, and listeners will have the ability to search the whole of UK radio, discovering exciting new content. All stations will be treated equally, and the smallest station will pay the least to join. We're aiming for the whole of UK radio to be on Radioplayer within a year."

Scott Taunton, managing director of UTV Media, said that Radioplayer's "user-friendly design" will play an important role in the future of digital radio.

"UTV has backed Radioplayer since day one. Its user-friendly design transforms the experience of listening to radio online, and provides a fitting showcase for our must-listen sport and local radio content," he said.

"Today's launch is just the beginning, and we look forward to working with our colleagues across the industry to explore where Radioplayer goes next."

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