Consultation: Market position of BBC Sounds

  • Start: 04 May 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 29 June 2021

Ofcom is consulting on our provisional views on the market position and impact of BBC Sounds.

BBC Sounds is a streaming media and audio download service that includes live radio, audio-on-demand, and podcasts. The service is now established within the BBC’s audio offer, so it is appropriate to take stock of BBC Sounds’ market position and impact. We sought evidence and information from its competitors and other interested parties to inform our view.

Having carefully considered this feedback and our own evidence, we are setting out our provisional view. This is that there are no reasonable grounds to believe BBC Sounds is currently having a significant adverse impact on fair and effective competition.

We plan to address questions about the future regulation of BBC Sounds in our first periodic review of  the BBC, and our work on how its Operating Licence should evolve – which will include how the BBC’s online services, including BBC Sounds, should be captured.

We are inviting views and evidence from interested parties on our provisional findings by 29 June 2021. We aim to publish our statement in the autumn.

Main documents

Supporting documents

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Responder name Type
Advisory Committee for Scotland (PDF File, 119.9 KB) Organisation
Advisory Committee for Wales (PDF File, 212.6 KB) Organisation
AudioUK (PDF File, 162.2 KB) Organisation
AudioUK [response to consultation] (PDF File, 275.9 KB) Organisation
BBC (PDF File, 252.6 KB) Organisation
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