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Breakthrough deal for podcasts

Commercial Radio stations will now be able to include up to 30 seconds of recorded music in podcasts – thanks to a 12 month trial between RadioCentre and PPL. Until now no licence existed, meaning using songs or commercial music in downloads were effectively illegal.

The agreement is the first of its kind and will enable RadioCentre members to include up to thirty seconds of music per track – excluding voiceovers – in downloads of their radio programmes under a collective licence for a 12 month trial period which commenced yesterday. It is anticipated that commercial stations will begin including thirty second music clips in the download of their programmes very shortly afterwards.

"We are delighted to work with The RadioCentre and accommodate licences for developing models of radio going forward," said Fran Nevrkla, Chairman and CEO, PPL & VPL. "This is a non-precedential deal covering the download of programmes to incorporate thirty second music clips and allows radio to evolve further as a growing medium in the twenty first century."

Andrew Harrison, chief executive of The RadioCentre said: “This is a first for radio in the UK and a significant opportunity for RadioCentre members. In today’s changing media landscape, flexible licensing for new media activities is the only way forward to enable us to compete in this fast paced digital world. This deal highlights how rights users and rights holders can work together for mutual gain. Commercial Radio is delighted to be leading the way in this area.”

PPL licenses recorded music on behalf of over 3,500 record companies and 40,000 performers.

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