BBC iPlayer gets iPhone app

Live streaming of all BBC radio stations will be available via a new iPhone app in the coming months, the Beeb has announced.

It's part of a new range of mobile applications for smartphones, which will include Blackberry and Android.

At a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress, BBC Director of Future Media and Technology Erik Huggers said that the BBC is planning to release mobile applications for BBC News and BBC Sport on a wide range of smartphones, starting with a BBC News application for iPhone in April 2010.

The app will focus on providing quick access to the BBC's existing journalistic content, which will be repurposed for the devices.

Erik said: "It's been 12 years since the launch of BBC Online, but as media converges and technology accelerates, licence fee payers are increasingly using sophisticated handheld devices to access information. They tell us that they want to access the digital services that they have paid for at a time and place that suits them.

"Today's announcement means that we are catching up with our audiences, and the same content that we broadcast on television and make available online can now be better enjoyed on the move.

"We are putting technology to work to create greater public value."

The news app will initially be available on Apple (iPhone and iPod Touch) devices. BBC News applications will follow on RIM (Blackberry) and Google (Android) operating systems later in the year.

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