Music fans will soon be able to enjoy exclusive video content from BBC Radio 1 on their big screen TVs after the BBC’s governing body approved plans to launch an online TV channel.

First announced last year, the channel will be available via the iPlayer, including the new version currently rolling out to smart TVs and internet connected set top boxes.

Content is likely to include interviews with major stars, live events and performances from the annual Big Weekend festival.

The service, which was approved by the BBC Trust on Monday, will sit alongside the broadcaster’s TV channels in the iPlayer.

BBC Trustee Suzanna Taverne said: “Younger people are a key and sometimes hard to reach audience for the BBC and other broadcasters, and we agree that this plan will help the BBC to reach them.  

“It will build on the great success Radio 1 already has online, although it will be important to ensure that everything available through the iPlayer area is consistent with Radio 1’s distinctive identity.”

Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, said: “This is an exciting moment for Radio 1 and our young audience, and we can’t wait to get started on 10 November.”

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