The BBC World Service is getting 28 million podcast downloads per month – and has just passed the one billion mark since starting in 2007.
To mark the occasion, the station has created a selection of 10 ‘must listen’ programmes for podcast enthusiasts around the world.
Among the most frequently downloaded World Service podcasts is Global News – the twice daily compilation of topical stories, interviews and reporting from around the world. Since it began podcasting in August 2007, Global News has been downloaded over 322.7 million times. Documentaries have been downloaded over 151.8 million times.
And, every month, over 2 million download BBC World Service’s most popular weekly podcast, The English We Speak. Since launch, there have been more than 77 million downloads of this podcast.
Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English said: “This underscores that we’re seeing a resurgence in radio and audio. Podcasts help us reach new and younger audiences both in the UK and right around the world.”
To mark the billionth download, a list of 10 ‘unmissable’ podcasts will be available at bbcworldservice.com/ten-unmissables providing a taster of the wide range of World Service podcasts.
BBC World Service Podcasts – Must listens:
Discovery – Science documentary series looking at the most significant ideas, discoveries and trends in science. Available to download weekly on Mondays.
World Book Club – The world’s greatest authors discuss their best known novel. Available monthly.
Documentaries – An in depth look at stories and issues from around the world, and a chance to access landmark series from our archive.
The English We Speak -This three-minute podcast looks at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang every week.
Global News – The best stories, interviews and on the spot reporting from around the world with up to 30 minutes of highlights compiled twice daily from Newshour, World Update, Newsday, The Newsroom and Outside Source.
The Inquiry – Experts analyse a pressing question from the news. Broadcast on Tuesdays.
Burmese Evening Podcast – Up-to-date news and current affairs in Burmese covering domestic and international stories. Our coverage aims to reflect diverse opinions and offers in-depth analysis of topical issues.
Radio Select Persian – A daily round-up of the most newsworthy and interesting interviews and features from BBC Persian Radio.
Business Daily – Demystifying the world of money with a daily look at the big issues facing the global economy.
Elements – A close look at chemical elements: where do we get them, what do we use them for and how do they fit into the economy?