The BBC is to trial the broadcasting of up to eight of its national radio stations via 3G mobile phones. Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 6 Music, BBC7 and the Asian Network will be
available within a month to Vodafone, Orange and 3 customers who subscribe to their network's TV service. Radio 5 Live will not be available.
Mobile phone and handheld computer users have viewed almost 90 million pages since the BBC's WAP services were introduced and the corporation believes accessing radio over 3G is a natural progression.
Richard Halton, BBC Controller of Business Strategy, who was speaking at the Broadcast
Mobile TV Congress today, said: "The BBC constantly aims to make its content available to
as many people in as many ways as possible.
"The mobile platform is a great opportunity for us to reach existing users in a new way and
connect better with people who are not currently big users of the BBC."
Customers of 3 can access the channels free for a month after which the network charges £5 a month.
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