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BBC opens up internet radio

A new online radio player is to be launched in conjunction with the RadioCentre, Global Radio and the Guardian Media Group.

Due for launch early next year, the UK Radioplayer will, according to the BBC, be a pop-up console able to stream more than 400 national, local, community and student radio stations.

Speaking at the Manchester Media Festival, Tim Davie, BBC director of audio and music said it will let users search content by subject, musical style, or even song title.

Davie added that the move was a "first step" in the BBC forming such partnerships. It will let users search this content by subject, musical style, or even song title.

He continued: "This is a really exciting development and a result of focused, collaborative thinking within the radio industry.”

Andrew Harrison, the RadioCentre's chief executive, added: "This is a breakthrough for listeners and an attractive new proposition for advertisers."

Ashley Tabor, Global Group Founder and CEO, said: "Radioplayer has been developed with the listener in mind and is a big step forward for the radio industry as a whole, providing further cohesion between commercial radio and the BBC as we drive to Digital."

Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive, RadioCentre, said: "The Radioplayer brings together all of the UK's radio output in one online console. This is a breakthrough for listeners and an attractive new proposition for advertisers."

Stuart Taylor, Chief Executive, GMG Radio, said: "This collaborative project reflects the industry's commitment to an improved user experience for radio online as IP enabled devices proliferate. The new opportunities for advertisers will add to the growing number of cross platform solutions already in place."

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