A global coalition of radio broadcasters, including the BBC and UK commercial stations, are collaborating on developing a ‘hybrid’ radio service.
The initiative comes after “extensive” research commissioned by the BBC showed an appetite amongst smartphone users to access broadcast radio on their devices.
Users expressed concerns about high data costs and battery use when using streamed audio services and would be interested in a free-to-receive service which also offered the benefits, such as interactivity, of internet radio.
The broadcaster group, which also includes the EBU, Clearchannel, Ibiquity, Emmis Interactive, NAB and Commercial Radio Australia, is now working on developing a system which combines DAB or FM radio.
Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, said: “There is an enduring love for radio and easy listening on the move is critical for this. This UK-led global partnership is a response to listeners’ demand for simple, charge-free radio in mobile phones.”