The BBC Trust has approved the BBC’s plans for a new Radio 1 section within BBC iPlayer, which will broadcast a range of on-demand interviews, recordings of live sessions, and other content.
The plans were first announced by the BBC last year. The Trust has conducted a ‘significance test’ of the proposals, to establish whether they required a Public Value Test – the regulatory process for any proposed new BBC service or significant change to a service. Input into the significance test was also provided by Ofcom.
Trustees concluded that the plans did not require a PVT, and that a Radio 1 area of iPlayer would benefit younger audiences, providing music and related content in the way they want to access it, and providing a gateway into the wider iPlayer.
Ofcom explained in its advice that any impact is likely to be small, although it identified some potential impacts depending on how the Radio 1 iPlayer content develops in future.
The new Radio 1 iPlayer video content will be available for the same length of time as standard iPlayer content, which is now 30 days.