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BBC iPlayer Radio hits one million downloads

by RadioToday UK
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The BBC iPlayer Radio has reached one million downloads in the first month since the functionality launched.

Topping the downloads include BBC Radio 4 Drama (including Diamonds Are Forever, Silk: The Clerks’ Room and Rumpole, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch), BBC Radio 1’s Summer Mix and The Archers.

BBC Radio 1’s Summer Mixes attracted almost 50,000 downloads in the last month whilst The Archers (including Omnibus edition) got around 45,000.

The BBC has also unveiled the most popular day for downloading programmes is Sunday – with a peak around 10pm – as people prepare for the commute to school or work for the week ahead. And, only a quarter of the top 20 downloaded programmes were previously available as podcasts.

Andrew Scott, General Manager of Radio and Music, BBC Digital, says: “We knew from the success of our podcast service that there was a demand to download BBC Radio and Music content to listen to whenever they wanted too. But hitting one million downloads across the whole of BBC Radio and Music has far surpassed our expectations. We’re looking forward to bringing audiences even more features like this over the coming months.”

Here’s the Top 20 downloads:

Title Downloads
BBC Radio 4 Drama (including Diamonds Are Forever, Silk: The Clerks’ Room and Rumpole – featuring Benedict Cumberbatch) 81,411
BBC Radio 1’s Summer Mixes 47,446
The Archers (including Omnibus edition) 45,314
I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue 41,203
Book At Bedtime 37,247
The Now Show 21,523
Clare In The Community 16,670
It’s Not What You Know 13,157
The Infinite Monkey Cage 13,083
It’s A Fair Cop 12,355
Cabin Pressure 12,296
Desert Island Discs (with Noel Gallagher’s topping the list) 11,878
BBC Proms (with BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom topping the list) 11,809
Simon Evans Goes To Market 11,635
John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme 9,475
Meet David Sedaris 7,954
Pete Tong 7,805
Annie Mac’s Friday Night 7,685
Book Of The Week 7,662
Just A Minute 7,529

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