BBC teams up with YouTube, Spotify and Deezer for new BBC Playlister service

Users will be able to add and save songs heard across the BBC to a personal online playlist.

The BBC has announced BBC Playlister, a new service which will allow users to add and save songs heard across the BBC to a personal online playlist.

Users of BBC Playlister will then be able to export the playlist to one of the BBC’s digital music partners, such as Spotify and YouTube, where they can hear the music in full. As well as music programmes and radio shows, users will also be able to pick up songs heard in the background of TV shows such as EastEnders or Strictly Come Dancing.

Through the BBC Playlister users will also be recommended tracks from BBC DJs and presenters or popular programmes. The first stage of BBC Playlister will launch in the coming days on PC and via a mobile browser, with recommendations and integration on mobile via the BBC iPlayer Radio app going live in the coming months.

Speaking about the innovation, Tony Hall, BBC Director General says: “BBC Playlister is a wonderful innovation from the BBC that has been designed purely with audience needs in mind. We have a proud musical heritage that dates back to the very beginning of the BBC’s history, and over the years we have found many new ways of bringing fantastic music to our viewers and listeners. Working with partners such as Spotify, YouTube and Deezer, we will once again transform our audiences’ relationship with music and the BBC.”

Earlier this week, it was announced that BBC Radio 1 is to have its own channel on BBC iPlayer, it has been revealed.

The channel will allow viewers to watch exclusive content not broadcast on radio or TV as well as video content around the station’s existing interviews and performances. Footage from events such as Radio 1’s Live Lounge and the annual Big Weekend festival will feature on the channel as well as interviews, such as Zane Lowe’s recent chat with Kanye West.