BBC boss Tony Hall wants Netflix-style service for radio

Posted on November 24, 2016 by admin

Tony HallBBC Director General Tony Hall has said he wants to create a Netflix-style service for BBC radio content.

Lord Hall told the Voice of the Viewer and Listener lobby group that  Britain offered some of best radio in the world, and we needed to “do more with its world-class" audio content. He went on to describe how he wanted a similar service to the BBC domestic iPlayer service for overseas audiences.

Lord Hall stated "with our world-class content, we could use our current output and the richness of our archive to create a Netflix of the spoken word," adding that one of his goals in the years ahead “is to strengthen and expand those areas in which we really lead the way globally. "News, natural history and drama, yes. But also education, science and the arts. And audio."

"One of the big challenges I have set my teams is just that: to enhance our global audio offer. The BBC makes the best radio in the world. It is one of our crown jewels, and we have an extraordinary wealth of audio riches at our disposal.”

No firm plans for the service had been discussed and Lord Hall gave no time frame for such a service, but stated the increasing popularity of services such as Netflix underpinned his vision for the future of British radio output.

"It's one of the things that will help the BBC carry the full weight of Britain's culture and values, knowledge and know-how to the world in the years ahead. And say something really important about modern Britain."


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