28 NOV 2023

BBC Studios Launches BBC Podcasts in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America

The exclusive Apple subscription podcast service for listeners in 166 new countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean, with early access and ad-free listening for a range of the BBC’s most popular titles.

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BBC Studios launched BBC Podcasts Premium, its exclusive Apple subscription podcast service for listeners in 166 new countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. BBC Podcasts Premium offers early access and ad-free listening for a range of the BBC’s most popular titles for listeners on Apple Podcasts. The international rollout of BBC Podcasts Premium coincides with today’s launch of "The Global Story," a brand-new daily news podcast from BBC Studios and BBC World Service. Hosted by Katya Adler, "The Global Story" drills deep into a single story daily, offering unrivaled context and deeper insight, drawing upon the BBC’s best global journalists and expertise worldwide.

“Audio is core to the BBC’s heritage. We’ve been doing it for over a century. It forms part of our fabric as a global newscaster and storyteller. With a wide, inventive slate of audio content that includes everything from daily news to sports analysis to pop culture to fiction, we’re incredibly excited to continue expanding our relationship with Apple to reach more listeners globally. Through BBC Podcasts Premium, we’re inviting new audiences worldwide into this seamless, premium listening experience to hear the very best of our audio journalism and storytelling,” said Louise la Grange, SVP – Audio Distribution, BBC Studios.

The global expansion of BBC Podcasts Premium follows earlier launches in Australia in May and New Zealand in March of this year and in the U.S. and Canada in 2021. Since its initial 2021 launch, BBC Podcasts Premium has been a regular fixture in Apple’s Top 10 subscriber channels, and its podcast Dua Lipa: At Your Service was named one of Apple Podcasts ‘Shows We Love’ for 2023. BBC Podcasts Premium’s international rollout marks the latest step forward for BBC Studios’ expanding audio unit. Earlier this year, the BBC announced the move of audio production in selected genres, including factual, entertainment, and drama, from the BBC’s in-house production team to BBC Studios. Richard Knight will head up BBC Studios’ new audio production unit, while Louise la Grange leads international audio distribution and monetization.

With BBC Podcasts Premium, subscribers unlock ad-free, early access to the BBC’s best shows, including "Good Bad Billionaire," "Infinite Monkey Cage," and "Intrigue" and ad-free versions of popular shows across news, true crime, pop culture, history, science, and fiction including BBC Global News Podcast, "The Global Story," "World Business Report," and "Dua Lipa: At Your Service."

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