Statement: Market position of BBC Sounds

  • Start: 04 May 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 29 June 2021

Statement published 25 November 2021

In this statement we set out our findings on the market position and impact of BBC Sounds in the UK audio sector.

The UK audio sector is undergoing rapid change due to the evolution of online services and the growth of global streaming platforms. Commercial radio and the BBC have responded to this by developing their online offerings.

BBC Sounds is the BBC’s audio streaming and download service, which includes live radio, on-demand music, speech content and podcasts. It is available on a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart speakers and car audio systems.

In May 2021, we consulted on our provisional views on the market position and impact of BBC Sounds. This followed the call for evidence that we published in October 2020, in which we sought evidence and information from stakeholders.

Having considered the responses to the call for evidence, the consultation and other information about the sector, we set out in this statement our conclusions on the market position and impact of BBC Sounds in the UK audio sector.

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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