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BBC turbocharges BBC Sounds content at official launch event

The BBC has officially launched its next generation audio service BBC Sounds at a special event in London last night.

The new service, available on the website and via app, brings together 80,000 hours of music, radio and podcasts, available live and on-demand. The BBC launched the Sounds app in June, but has been busily developing features since then, rolling it out on the website earlier this month.

To mark the official launch, the new service, which aims to redefine the BBC's audio output for a new generation, has been charged up with extra content, with new podcasts including daily news show Beyond Today. There's also forty new and exclusive music mixes curated by the BBC’s music experts, artists and others - including top footballing stars.

Other additions include popular and chart-topping podcasts made outside the BBC including The Guilty Feminist, Beef And Dairy Network, Griefcast and Swipe Left Swipe Left.

The BBC has also added over 100 hours of classic BBC comedy and drama - only available on BBC Sounds. This includes back catalogues of The Tim Vine Chat Show; comedies Simon Evans Goes To Market and five series of The Shuttleworths; dramas Just A Girl  and nine series of The Pursuits Of Darleen Fyles. Over the coming year there is expected to be more than 1,000 hours of comedy, dramas and documentaries from the archives.

Traditional live streaming of the BBC's national and local stations as well as the BBC World Service continues to be available via BBC Sounds. BBC iPlayer Radio will be retired soon.

Speaking at the event, 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.”

The BBC says that everyone'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".

  • BBC Sounds is available online at and can be downloaded for iOS, Android and Amazon.