UBC Media has made a number of trading updates today including a deal to licence the Radioplayer software internationally for the first time.
BLOG: A session on radio players, was, as you would expect, very interactive – with plenty of questions from the floor. The group discussed the UK’s Radioplayer, SBS’s Radio Play and Germany’s rad.io / radio.de.
Whilst much of the country was brought to a stand-still this week as heavy snowfall caused widespread disruption across Britain, commercial radio came into its own.
Radioplayer has had to cancel the opportunity for 30 additional non-Ofcom licensed stations to appear on the platform due to lack of innovative entries.
A new type of radio was unveiled at The Radio Festival by Radioplayer – a single radio unit which brings together all radio platforms.
The full programme for this year’s Radio Festival has been announced by the Radio Academy, and there’ll be reliable wifi at the event for the first time.
The industry’s online radio console, Radioplayer has launched a free app on the iOS platform for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
Radioplayer is to open up its service to non-Ofcom licensed stations, but initially only 30 slots are being offered.
Any stations interested in joining – for a fee – can fill out an application for review.
UBC Media Group has partnered with Imagination Technologies to handle the global licencing and sales of Radioplayer.
Unique Interactive, UBC’s software division, is already responsible for the software that manages both station listings and search functionality.
Radioplayer, which brings together online radio listening in the UK, says its first smartphone app will be out on iOS and Android platforms within months.
The news came as the company – a partnership between the BBC and commercial radio – announced it hit 7 million unique monthly users during February.
Ed Vaizey – the Minster for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries – is teaming up withto host an event at the Houses of Parliament on how the internet is transforming radio.
The invite-only breakfast session in January will also feature speakers including the BBC’s Director of Audio and Music, Tim Davie andpresenter Dave Gorman.
Radioplayer has added two extra ways to listen – a PC/Mac based desktop widget and a Chrome browser extension.
The developments come as the online player celebrates 300 stations now signed up to to subscription-based service.
Over 40% of listeners toon Radioplayer came directly after listening to BBC stations during the month of August, the station has revealed.
And another 25% come from radio stations owned by, including Heart, Capital and Classic FM.
The UK’s online radio listening platform is celebrating six months since launching with the announcement that it received 6.7 million unique users during the month of August.
Michael Hill, Managing Director of the company set up to deliver the project for the industry, announced at the nextrad.io event in London this morning that there are also now 282 stations live on the player.
The industry-wide UK Radioplayer has launched a Facebook app to allow listeners to online radio to better share what they’re listening to and chat about the content.
Radioplayer has more than 250 stations onboard and this step is part of plans to add online listening to other platforms including mobiles and web-connected TVs.
Manchester’s Gaydio has become the first community radio station to launch on Radioplayer.
The station has joined with support from G Media, and now mixes with hundreds of commercial and BBC radio stations around the country who use the newly launched console.
Listening figures for Radioplayer, the online listening partnership between the BBC and commercial radio, show 5.7 million unique users have used the service over the last four weeks.
Between them, they have launched 22.5 million listening sessions, as UK Radioplayer Managing Director Michael Hill encourages more stations to join in.