Radio 1 launches new 24-hour dance stream on BBC Sounds

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by Josh Peachey

A new 24-hour stream named Radio 1 Dance will launch on BBC Sounds this spring.

The stream will repeat the existing dance programmes already aired on BBC Radio 1.

Last year, reports suggested a new range of streams will be launched in 2020 including BBC Radio 80s and BBC Radio 1 Dance.

Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Sounds, said: “We have the best dance shows on Radio 1, and we know so many of our younger listeners love them.

“This isn’t about us creating new dance content for Sounds as we aren’t. What we are doing is bringing together the brilliant existing dance programmes we have and making it really easy for current and new listeners to find them by putting the stream in the Sounds dial.”

Other new features coming to BBC Sounds includes Dark Mode and improvements to BBC radio station homepages.

Jonathan added: “The recent RAJAR data reminded us once again that whilst live listening is still strong and BBC stations remain really popular, audio habits are changing especially amongst younger people who have grown up with streaming services."

The broadcaster will also be giving all of its radio homepages a consistent home on BBC Sounds to replace the separate homepages on the BBC website.

Lloyd Shepherd, Head of Product at BBC Sounds added: “Listeners should be able to find what they want to listen in fewer clicks, as well as discovering a wide variety of podcasts, music mixes and other additional content around their favourite radio programmes."