BBC moves into premium podcasting

BBC Podcasts go premium

The BBC is putting some of its podcasts behind a pay wall outside of the UK, with Britain’s national broadcaster now offering a premium service in America and Canada on Apple Podcasts.

While its public service mandate requires it to offer its content free in Britain, the BBC has long been allowed to monetise its content internationally and is now doing so with with a podcast subscription level priced at $3.99 per month. This move signals it is testing whether it can recoup the revenue it spends to produce its podcasts on the international market.

BBC Studios has launched BBC Podcasts Premium, offering ad-free listening for a range of its most popular titles, as well as exclusive access to new, original audio series – all available only on Apple Podcasts –

Louise la Grange from BBS Studios says “audio storytelling is where the BBC first began almost a century ago, and we’re proud to expand on that tradition with the launch of BBC Podcasts Premium.”

With BBC Podcasts Premium, listeners instantly unlock ad-free editions of the BBC’s best podcasts, including BBC Global News Podcast, with twice daily briefings on weekdays and daily editions on weekends; Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time, the definitive explanatory history series covering science, religion, philosophy, and more; the critically acclaimed celebrity interview series Grounded with Louis Theroux, recognized as one of Apple’s Best Shows of 2020; You’re Dead To Me, the comedic history podcast for people who don’t like history; and thrilling investigations such asWho Killed Emma?, Where is George Gibney?, Intrigue: Murder In the Lucky Holiday Hotel,and The Northern Bank Job.

Subscribers will also enjoy exclusive access to an expanding slate of new, original audio series,

Highlights from the service:

  • 5 Minutes On – EXCLUSIVE – Real-life stories behind the headlines from BBC News. A topical news podcast that brings you compelling human interest stories that will inspire, amuse, or give you perspective. Available at launch –
  • BBC Global News PodcastThe day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily editions on the weekend –
  • BBC Inside ScienceIlluminates the mysteries and challenges the controversies behind the science that’s changing our world –
  • Grounded with Louis Theroux – Stuck at home, Louis is using the lockdown to track down some high-profile people he’s been longing to talk to – from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic –
  • In Our TimeMelyvn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas –
  • Intrigue: Mayday – When James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Turkey he left behind a tangle of truths and lies about his involvement with the White Helmets first responders in Syria –
  • Intrigue: Tunnel 29 – 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family, and strangers escape –
  • Intrigue: Murder In The Lucky Holiday Hotel – A true story of death, sex, and elite politics in China –
  • MortemMortician Carla Valentine takes you from the mortuary to the scene of a crime to find out how a body got to her slab –
  • Nuremberg: The Trial of the Nazi War Criminals – EXCLUSIVE – Germany, May 1945: a surrender, a country in chaos, and the top Nazi leaders attempting to slip away. The drama follows the race to track down the war criminals and hold them accountable for their horrific actions. With a stellar cast led by Natalie Dormer, Nuremberg captures these events with fascinating insight beyond the better-known narrative. Available at launch –
  • Song of the Right Whale – EXCLUSIVE – Rhod Sharp dives beneath the waves from Falmouth to Maine at the demise of the Right Whale. This immersive drama and eco-investigation uncovers the horror of whale entanglement, where whales get caught up in fishing lines and die. (Available in Early 2022)
  • The Assassination – Award-winning inside story. An investigation into the death of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Includes interviews with those accused of her murder –
  • The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry – Science sleuths Adam Rutherford and Dr. Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners –
  • The Infinite Monkey CageWitty, irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince –
  • The Northern Bank JobIt was the biggest bank heist in British and Irish criminal history. Belfast writer Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the 2004 Northern Bank robbery –
  • Things Fell Apart – EXCLUSIVE – Jon Ronson tracks down the people involved in some of the defining battles of the culture wars to hear their stories, understand their motivations for getting so involved, and to help us understand how we have got to where we are today. These are unexpected, extraordinary, twisty-turny tales of real consequence. (Available November 9)
  • Where is George Gibney? – A famous Olympic coach charged with child sexual abuse never stood trial, instead, he vanished. Reporter Mark Horgan travels across Ireland, the UK and the U.S. on his trail –
  • Who Killed Emma?A missing woman. A brutal killing. And a world of sex, rape, lies and murder. After four years of investigation, journalist Sam Poling confronts the man she believes killed Emma
  • You’re Dead To MeThe history podcast for people who don’t like history… and those who do. Historian Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past –

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