Users of the BBC’s online catch-up service will now have up to 30 days to listen to previous programmes.
Since its launch in 2007 radio programmes have been available for seven days from their original broadcast. The change means that listeners who want to catch up with weekly programmes, such as The Now Show or Radio 1’s Rock Show, will now be able to hear up to four episodes instead of one.
“It is recognised as not just the first, but the best service of its type in the world,” said BBC Director-General Tony Hall of the iPlayer.
“Extending the catch up window to 30 days now makes the best value on-demand service even better. We have a fantastic autumn schedule and the public will now have more opportunities to watch the shows they love.”
The change is still being made for regional and World Service programmes, and the BBC’s podcast feeds will not benefit from the extended catch-up period.