The BBC is getting into the curated playlist game.

BBC Radio 1 has announced a weekly downloadable playlist-inspired show featuring an hour-long mix of themed music picked by a different person each week.

Radio 1’s Playlist launches in January 2016, and airs every Thursday between 9 and 10pm.  The show will see “mood, theme and event-based” playlists curated by a different DJ, artist or personality, which will then be made available for download via the iPlayer Radio app.

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said: “Radio 1 continues to innovate with the way we present and distribute the new music that our listeners love, and I’m excited to see whose playlists I’ll be able to download to my phone. Across the industry, whether it be Spotify, Apple, or the BBC, we are all experimenting with reaching new audiences with audio in new ways.”

The examples the BBC gives are pretty much what you’d expect from a mainstream radio station – we have Daniel P. Carter’s Greatest Rock Songs Ever, Ellie Goulding’s Running Mix, Annie Mac’s Ibiza Classics and Grimmy’s Greatest Big Weekend Performances to look forward to.

The show seems to be the first result of the BBC’s recently announced plans to launch its own streaming service with a focus on music discovery.

In other BBC Radio news, 1Xtra’s Sian Anderson is going on maternity leave soon, with grime DJ Logan Sama covering her Wednesday evening 10pm-1am show for three months from November 18.


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