UK broadcaster the BBC won the rights to air music TV talent show The Voice earlier this month, after it became a big hit in the US. The corporation has now revealed its plans for digital downloads during the show’s UK run, with a slightly different strategy to ITV rival X Factor due to the Beeb’s public service nature. Performances will be made available for download immediately, but they will either be free, or the proceeds will be donated to charity. Seven days after each episode, the songs will then be made commercially available. X Factor and Sky show Must Be The Music both saw downloads perform strongly on retailers like iTunes last year. The BBC is also constrained in what it can do in terms of paid phone voting, but has not yet revealed its plans for voting in the show. Source: Music Week

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