The BBC’s iPlayer Radio app can now be downloaded by radio fans in the Republic of Ireland, the first time the app has been available outside the UK.
Available in the UK since 2012, the BBC is planning a “global roll-out” of the app which it says “will transform access“ to its radio programmes.
Android, Amazon and iOS users in the ROI can download the app today and the BBC says it will “gradually roll out to other parts of the world” on the same platforms.
As well as access to live radio programmes from the World Service and radio stations across the UK, users can listen to catch-up content, download podcasts and discover audio and video clips, including of live performances.
James Montgomery, Digital Development Director, BBC News and Current Affairs, says: “The new international BBC iPlayer Radio app makes it easier for audiences around the world to discover and enjoy the richness of our output – both live radio and to downloaded content.
“We hope that the app will be a destination on mobile homescreens for audiences around the world who want to explore the breadth of BBC radio, from news and current affairs to drama, comedy and music.
“This launch also comes at a time when the UK is at the centre of a huge news story which the BBC is helping to explain to audiences worldwide.”
Mary Hockaday, Controller BBC World Service English, added: “We have a valued audience of 66 million globally for the English BBC World Service.
“I’m thrilled the new BBC iPlayer Radio app offers another way for listeners around the world to find and enjoy our programmes, and take them with them wherever they go.
“With this app, we hope to give new audiences the chance to unlock a wealth of World Service content, as they explore what the BBC iPlayer Radio has got to offer”.