Radioplayer fees for stations revealed

By | Published on Monday 13 December 2010

Radio stations wanting to stream their services via the new Radioplayer platform will have to pay anywhere between £90 and £23,000 a year depending on their size. As previously reported, Radioplayer is the new web service due to go live in the new year which will provide access to loads of UK radio services, including both BBC and commercial stations. It’s big news for the latter, many of whom currently operate pretty rubbish online streaming platforms.

The idea of the not-for-profit Radioplayer venture is that stations large and small get access to a superior streaming platform – modelled on the BBC’s iPlayer – for a relatively minimal cost. It’s hoped the £90 rate means student and community stations will be able to take part too. Listeners, meanwhile, will be able to access the majority of British radio services in one place.

The service’s MD Michael Hill told Radio Today: “One of Radioplayer’s founding principles is fairness – we want to create a level playing field where the UK radio industry can agree on technology, and compete on content. That’s why we’ve published this simple, egalitarian funding model”.

According to the radio industry website, the rate card that has been distributed to radio stations also includes a guide to how the Radioplayer looks and works.