British broadcaster the BBC is removing its live stations from radio-streaming service TuneIn. Well, on most of its platforms, anyway. “This change is driven primarily by the BBC’s efforts to standardise how listeners in the UK access BBC stations, which unfortunately, is something we are unable to accommodate at this time,” is how TuneIn explained the change, while stressing that the BBC’s podcasts will remain available through its service.
The BBC had more to say, revealing that the dispute concerns the data it expects back from TuneIn (and, indeed, any third-party platform distributing its radio stations). “When we make our programmes available via third parties, we ask that those platforms either allow you to sign into your BBC account – or provide us with meaningful data directly. Unfortunately, TuneIn doesn’t do either of these, so we couldn’t reach a data sharing agreement with them,” it explained.
For some older devices where the BBC doesn’t yet offer alternative ways to stream its radio – Sonos speakers for example – the stations will continue to be available on TuneIn for now. TuneIn, separately, was the target of a lawsuit from music labels in the UK – a case that remains ongoing.