BBC to pull radio stations from TuneIn UK platform

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The BBC has confirmed that its radio stations will no longer stream on the TuneIn UK platform.

As of August-end, TuneIn UK will unable to carry any BBC radio station after the two parties failed to reach a data sharing-agreement after 15 years of working together, according to RadioToday.

The publication reports that the BBC is unhappy that TuneIn permits listeners access to its services without registrations. However, the BBC requires a log-in to access its services via its own digital apps.

Kieran Clifton, Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development told RadioToday, “Our live radio streams are only coming off TuneIn on platforms where an alternative way of listening is easily available.

“We want our programmes, products and services to be the best they can be. And a major way we ensure that is by using meaningful data. Data is more and more important – as it helps us to make more types of programmes we know people like, and equally importantly, identify gaps in our commissioning to ensure we’re making something for all audiences.

“We also use the data collected about what you watch, listen to or read online to offer personalised programme recommendations – and make our services even more tailored to you.

“When we make our programmes available via third parties, we ask that those platforms either allow you to sign into your BBC account – or provide us with meaningful data directly. Unfortunately, TuneIn doesn’t do either of these, so we couldn’t reach a data sharing agreement with them.”

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