Celeste tops the BBC Sound of 2020 artist tips poll
Polydor-signed artist Celeste has been named the winner of this year’s BBC Music Sound of 2020 poll, voted for by 170 music critics and industry figures in the UK. The annual survey is one of the biggest boosts a new artist...
January 10, 2020
BBC reveals its ‘Sound of 2020’ longlist of emerging artists
There’s no shortage of end-of-2019 lists predicting the hottest artists of 2020, but one of the most-respected (in the UK, at least) is the BBC’s ‘Sound Of’ list. It’s the 18th year for this particular predictions...
December 12, 2019
BBC reveals some of its experiments with augmented reality
British broadcaster the BBC has been experimenting with smartglasses – augmented-reality specs – to explore what potential these devices might have for television in the future. “The immersive nature of augmented...
September 6, 2019
BBC to shut down iPlayer Radio app to focus on BBC Sounds
The BBC has been throwing a lot of promotional welly behind its BBC Sounds app in recent months, touting its ability to serve live radio, music and podcasts. It should come as little surprise to anyone, then, that the broadcaster...
September 5, 2019
BBC pulls its live-radio stations from TuneIn in the UK
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...
August 13, 2019
BBC’s Instagramification is a ‘personalised, data-driven documentary’
Unfortunately only people within the UK can watch Instagramification, a new pilot documentary by British public-service broadcaster the BBC about “the good, the bad and the ugly of the world’s fastest growing social...
August 6, 2019
BBC promises to build ‘public-service’ recommendation algorithm
UK public-service broadcaster the BBC is hoping to jog people out of their algorithmic comfort-zones with recommendations in its BBC Sounds app. The broadcaster’s director of radio and education James Purnell announced...
May 15, 2019
BBC plans Alexa rival
“Auntie – what’s the weather going to be like today?” This is not some reference to Mary Poppins or Paddington but rather to the fact that the BBC is reportedly working on a voice assistant rival to Alexa and Siri....
May 7, 2019
BBC Music makes its website available in the US
Most of the things British broadcaster the BBC does around music are only available in the UK, but that’s changing this week with the launch of its BBC Music site in the US. That means the Beeb’s archive of music journalism...
April 12, 2019
BBC hopes to compete with Apple and Spotify for UK podcast listening
British broadcaster the BBC has just published its ‘annual plan’ for the next year, outlining its strategic priorities. One of them is its BBC Sounds app, which the corporation says has now been downloaded more than...
March 29, 2019
BBC pulls its podcasts from Google Podcasts and Assistant
Amid all the excitement around new distribution platforms for podcasts, there are also some tensions. For example, British broadcaster the BBC has pulled its catalogue of shows from the Google Podcasts app, as well as Google...
March 27, 2019
Spotify gets Chuck D for eight-part podcast about The Clash
It was clear last week just how much welly Spotify is willing to put behind podcasts in the year ahead, with up to $500m earmarked for acquisitions of tech and content – including its deals for Gimlet Media and Anchor....
February 11, 2019