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As an update, I'm posting here what seems to be a new page on which feedback about iPlayer problems/faults can be posted :

https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/faqs/forms/?eid=comment_appreciation&mid=contact

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Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery with Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury will begin its latest repeat on Monday 24th April next, at the usual times.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t1kg

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / The Frankie Howerd Show
« on: April 11, 2017, 06:03:06 PM »
Sorry, I didn't stop to think. I should have explained up front that these episodes are from my own collection. It's not some third party who made them!

With a friend, I did some restoration work on various 1970s radio series. He contributed some recordings, and I contributed some. One result was a slightly less incomplete set of Frankie Howerd shows. My friend offered some web space to make them available on line.

For those who are interested, one discovery I made related to Hello Cheeky (Barry Cryer, John Junkin, Tim Brooke-Taylor), aired 1973-79. I came across a complete collection of off-air recordings - every edition that was broadcast - in high quality:

  ftp://seagoon.ixp.jp/archive/hello_cheeky/

These, too, are safe to download. I've been through them all. They actually are real mp3 files.

The collection is one I recognise. It originated in the archives of a fan club, the Goon Show Preservation Society.

You'll probably know the BBC mostly only repeat editions of the 1973 series. The show is one they regard as politically incorrect, so I doubt we'll ever hear the 1974-76 editions on 4 Extra. Too many jokes about Irishmen, West Indians, and so on.

Pretty tame stuff, actually. Barry Cryer puts on a West Indian accent, and phones up Tim or John, pretending to be a Welshman (or pretending to be Nicholas Parsons!), to complain about the previous item.

See also:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_Cheeky

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Geek Speak / Re: Download High Bitrate TS files
« on: April 07, 2017, 01:30:20 PM »
Here are some updates, relating to my previous posts in this thread.


When using Firefox 39 with the GreaseMonkey add-on (to download on-demand files from the 'Listen Again' service), I've discovered from experience that the optimum file extension to use, in the FFmpeg command line, is .mp2 (instead of .ts or .mp3), as it has several advantages:

1. Using the .mp2 extension downloads a 384 kbps stream, whereas the .mp3 extension only downloads a 128 kbps stream.

2. Using the .ts extension downloads exactly the same 384 kbps stream as using the .mp2 extension, but the file size is very much bigger (because of drawbacks with the .ts format).

3. An .mp2 file has various advantages compared to a .ts file: you can play it in Winamp; you can add ID3 tags to the file; and the file size is 10% smaller.

For those who do wish to use the .ts format, it is possible to play it in Winamp. Open Winamp's preferences (press CTRL and P simultaneously) and go to: Plug-ins > Input.  Click on in_dshow.dll (the DirectShow decoder), then click 'Configure', and then add ;TS to the end of the Extension list.


Andrea, the Italian bloke who writes the .js (javascript) script for Firefox, named "BBC iPlayer video download", develops it on a Linux machine, so doesn't offer any support for using it on a Windows system.

The latest version of his script doesn't work in Windows 7. You will need to use an older version. So here is a link to an older version (version 3.6.3) that does work in Windows:

https://www.mediafire.com/?awx3o4v2l49yceg




AMENDED on 11 July 2017:
Corrected the bitrates for the .mp2 and .ts streams, to show those currently provided by the BBC's radio iPlayer. For live streams (the DASH streams), the bitrate remains 320 kbps; but for on-demand streams (the HLS streams), the bitrate of the audio is 384 kbps.





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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: The Frankie Howerd Show
« on: April 03, 2017, 09:20:59 PM »
Took a quick look at the Mediafire link you mention. It says:

Quote
The website is safe, but the downloads are possibly unsafe. These files are posted by users, so some may have viruses. I'm not saying all have viruses, but some do.

Naturally enough, I've not included any viruses. :)

Actually, I think that only .exe files (i.e. executable files) carry viruses. I have heard of Microsoft Word .doc documents containing macro viruses. But I don't know that .mp3 files, or other media files, can even carry a virus. I think only programs, not data files, can have them.

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Ooh, well, missus...
« on: March 29, 2017, 02:55:50 PM »
As there's genuine interest in Frankie's radio career, I can happily confirm that at least the following recordings survive, from the 1966 series and from the 1973-75 series.

Frankie Howerd Show - 1966-08-07 - The Post Office Queue [2009-09-26]
http://www.mediafire.com/file/ufa4ggzqm518jcz/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1966-08-07_-_The_Post_Office_Queue_%5B2009-09-26%5D_%5B-e%5D.m4a

Frankie Howerd Show - 1966-08-07 - The Post Office Queue [2015-10-04]
http://www.mediafire.com/file/4cgl5ntwy8i5maa/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1966-08-07_-_The_Post_Office_Queue_%5B2015-10-04%5D_%5Bb0021gnl%5D_BAD_START.flv

Frankie Howerd Show - 1973-06-10 s01e01 - Illustrious Memoirs Chapter 1
http://www.mediafire.com/file/tsf8xzbag5iza8v/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1973-06-10_s01e01_-_Illustrious_Memoirs_Chapter_1_%5B-b%5D_%5B-e%5D.m4a

Frankie Howerd Show - 1973-06-10 s01e01 - Illustrious Memoirs Chapter 1
http://www.mediafire.com/file/9fq3squ7tb2we0s/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1973-06-10_s01e01_-_Illustrious_Memoirs_Chapter_1.mp3

Frankie Howerd Show - 1973-06-17 s01e02 - At the Races
http://www.mediafire.com/file/khgdu4f4jki587k/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1973-06-17_s01e02_-_At_the_Races_%5BBlacklegs%5D_%5B-b%5D_%5B-e%5D.m4a

Frankie Howerd Show - 1973-06-17 s01e02 - At the Races [EDITED] [2015-10-11]
http://www.mediafire.com/file/g35jswsfa2fesj9/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1973-06-17_s01e02_-_At_the_Races_%5BBlacklegs%5D_%5BEDITED%5D_2015-10-11_%5B27%2730%27%27%5D.flv

Frankie Howerd Show - 1973-07-01 s01e04 - Trip to Russia
http://www.mediafire.com/file/gx3d0uvzqlrsxzs/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1973-07-01_s01e04_-_Trip_to_Russia_%5B-b%5D_%5B-e%5D.m4a

Frankie Howerd Show - 1973-07-01 s01e04 - Trip to Russia
http://www.mediafire.com/file/oldaz4dwxfxaif7/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1973-07-01_s01e04_-_Trip_to_Russia.mp3

Frankie Howerd Show - 1974-10-27 s02e01 - In the Police
http://www.mediafire.com/file/to4fqh62jhuvm4h/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1974-10-27_s02e01_-_In_the_Police_%5B-b%5D_%5B-e%5D.m4a

Frankie Howerd Show - 1974-10-27 s02e01 - In the Police
http://www.mediafire.com/file/8cu2zr9uulipvzj/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1974-10-27_s02e01_-_In_the_Police.mp3

Frankie Howerd Show - 1974-11-03 s02e02 - The Queen's Visit [2015-10-18]
http://www.mediafire.com/file/fh5ce2n49z8409s/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1974-11-03_s02e02_-_The_Queen%27s_Visit_%5Bb00n3pqb%5D_2015-10-18_%5B27%2717%27%27%5D.flv

Frankie Howerd Show - 1974-11-17 s02e04 - Flight to Morocco
http://www.mediafire.com/file/2arl3lgka0r7u6a/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1974-11-17_s02e04_-_Flight_to_Morocco_%5B-e%5D.m4a

Frankie Howerd Show - 1974-11-17 s02e04 - Flight to Morocco
http://www.mediafire.com/file/7jg84bb3b7c5hzm/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1974-11-17_s02e04_-_Flight_to_Morocco.mp3

Frankie Howerd Show - 1974-12-08 s02e07 - In Court
http://www.mediafire.com/file/5abqykd55hrzswv/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1974-12-08_s02e07_-_In_Court_%5B-b%5D_%5B-e%5D.m4a

Frankie Howerd Show - 1974-12-08 s02e07 - In Court
http://www.mediafire.com/file/d43c8dzg6485c3f/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1974-12-08_s02e07_-_In_Court.mp3

Frankie Howerd Show - 1975-11-02 s03e06 - Cyril the Squirrel [2015-10-25]
http://www.mediafire.com/file/lxwv9c9t9h555ng/Frankie_Howerd_Show_-_1975-11-02_s03e06_-_Cyril_the_Squirrel__%5Bb0025w23%5D_2015-10-25_%5B28%2705%27%27%5D.flv

Howerd's Ways - The Radio Times of Frankie Howerd [2015-05-02]
http://www.mediafire.com/file/u0c3gqjsmdcc87a/Howerd%27s_Ways_-_The_Radio_Times_of_Frankie_Howerd_%5Bb01gvvy2%5D_2015-05-02.flv


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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / The Frankie Howerd Show
« on: March 28, 2017, 10:09:34 PM »
Frankie Howerd: BBC Radio Collection

Radio 7 used to air, more or less at random, various episodes of The Frankie Howerd Show (Radio 2, 1973-75), that had been released on cassette in the 1990s as two double-cassette box sets, i.e. 8 episodes in all.

A little research in the BBC Genome revealled that these are the episodes as they appeared in the two box sets (oddly, the BBC sleeve notes were in error: according to the BBC Genome the following are actually the episodes included) -

Frankie Howerd Show - Side 1 - 1966-08-07 - [The Post Office Queue]
Frankie Howerd Show - Side 2 - 1973-06-17 - Illustrious Memoirs [At the Races]
Frankie Howerd Show - Side 3 - 1974-11-17 - Illustrious Memoirs [Flight to Morocco]
Frankie Howerd Show - Side 4 - 1975-11-02 - [Cyril the Squirrel]

Frankie Howerd Show 2 - Side 1 - 1973-06-10 - Illustrious Memoirs [Chapter 1]
Frankie Howerd Show 2 - Side 2 - 1973-07-01 - Illustrious Memoirs [Trip to Russia]
Frankie Howerd Show 2 - Side 3 - 1974-10-27 - Illustrious Memoirs [In the Police]
Frankie Howerd Show 2 - Side 4 - 1974-12-08 - Illustrious Memoirs [In Court]

Some of these episodes can currently be listened again to (.flv or .mp3) at -
https://www.mediafire.com/?c16rt8ron12jj

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I was disappointed that Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box - once again! - was not aired at Christmas on Radio 4 Extra. It originally aired on BBC Radio 7 in 2009.

Anyone interested in hearing Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box, Part 1 can listen to it here -
https://www.mediafire.com/?9le47f4nbd83x87

Anyone interested in hearing Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box, Part 2 can listen to it here -
https://www.mediafire.com/?hgp54zb3jnk7d54


Part 2 includes the 1976 Christmas Special from Hello Cheeky, a pantomime written by Barry Cryer and John Junkin called Cheeky Whittington and His Magic Ballpoint (1976-12-25).

Part 2: Six more festive favourites from the jovial host -

  After Henry
  Christmas Eve with The Shuttleworths
  People Like Us
  Dead Ringers
  Hello Cheeky (Cheeky Whittington and His Magic Ballpoint)
  Hancock's Half Hour


More Christmas favourites from Radio 7 are here (as .flv rather than .mp3):

  https://www.mediafire.com/?t53v5ywqnff7b

Includes -

And Yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree - Sat 1440 2011-12-24
Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box - Part 1 - Sat 0900 2011-12-17
Barry Cryer's Christmas Selection Box - Part 2 - Sat 0900 2011-12-24
David Jason's Comedy Christmas - Radio 2 - Sun 1800 2011-12-25
Hamish and Dougal - Hogmanay Special - Sat 1430 2011-12-31
Hancock's Half Hour - 1956-12-30 - The Diary - Wed 0800 2011-12-28
Hancock's Half Hour - 1958-12-25 - Bill and Father Christmas - Wed 1900 2011-12-21
ISIRTA - 1970-12-31 - Christmas Pantomime - Sat 1400 2011-12-31
Just A Minute - s05e16 1970-12-22 - Stuffing Your Christmas Bird 2011-12-26
Old Harry's Game - 2010-12-23 - Christmas Spirit - Fri 2230 2011-12-23
Old Harry's Game - 2010-12-30 - Ring in the New - Fri 2230 2011-12-30
Steptoe and Son - 1976-12-25 - Away for Christmas - Sat 1400 2011-12-24
Take It From Here - 1954-12-23 - Sun 0800 2011-12-25
The Scarifyers - Special - Mr Crowley's Christmas - Sun 1830 2011-12-25
The Scarifyers - Special - The Curse of the Cult of Thoth - Mon 0050 2011-12-26
The Scarifyers - Special - The Yule Lads - Sun 1835 2011-12-25


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This is my favoured solution for downloading a radio show from the 'Listen Again' service.


FFMPEG command line from Greasemonkey script

These instructions are for use in Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10. There are links below, in this post, to obtain the software mentioned.


A.  To obtain the command line -

1. Open the Firefox browser (must have the Greasemonkey extension installed, and the iPlayer greasemonkey script installed).
2. Open the iPlayer page which plays the radio show, using Firefox. After a few moments, an FFMPEG command line will be displayed immediately below the area where the radio show plays.


B.  To run the command line -

3. Create a batch file (a plain-text file with the extension .bat or .cmd).
4. FFMPEG.exe must be copied into the same directory/folder as the batch file.
5. Copy-and-paste the command line into the batch file.
6. Modify the file extension specified on the command line: change it from .mp3 to whatever you want (see below).
7. Run the batch file.


Software required -

FFMPEG.exe (Static build recommended)
https://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/

Firefox 39
https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/39.0/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2039.0.exe

Greasemonkey extension for Firefox 39
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/

Greasemonkey script 'BBC iPlayer video download', for Firefox 39
https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/8161-bbc-iplayer-video-download/



Notes -

The above procedure can download a file in various formats, including (for radio): .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .ts, .wav

For instance, .M4A files have a variable bitrate stream, of better audio quality than MP3.

  •    AAC  : Variable KBPS rate, up to 200 kbps; 48 kHz; Stereo; MPEG-4 AAC LC
  •    M4A  : Variable KBPS rate, up to 200 kbps; 48 kHz; Stereo; MPEG-4 AAC LC
  •    MP4  : Variable KBPS rate, up to 196 kbps; 48 kHz; Stereo; MPEG-4 AAC LC
  •    MP3  : Fixed  128 KBPS rate; 48 kHz; Stereo; MPEG-1 layer 3
  •    MP2  : Fixed  384 KBPS rate; 48 kHz; Stereo; MPEG-1 layer 2
  •    MPEG : Fixed  384 KBPS rate; 48 kHz; Stereo
  •    TS   : Fixed  384 KBPS rate; 48 kHz; Stereo; 16 bit per sample
  •    WAV  : Fixed 1536 KBPS rate; 48 kHz; Stereo; Signed 16 bit PCM

  •    AAC is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .AAC
  •    M4A is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .M4A
  •    MP4 is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .MP4
  •    MP3 is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .MP3
  •    MP2 is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .MP2
  •    MPEG is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .MPEG
  •    TS is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .TS
  •    WAV is downloaded if the command line specifies an output file with the extension .WAV

By default, the Greasemonkey script adds .mp3 to the command line; but you can replace that with any of the above alternatives (or possibly some other).

Read this article (by Andrea Lazzarotto) for further information -
https://andrealazzarotto.com/2015/02/20/how-to-download-bbc-iplayer-videos/


ADDENDUM:

Greasemonkey script, 'BBC iPlayer video download' v 3.6.3, for Firefox 39

You might need to replace the .js file installed by the current version of the installer with an older version of that file (version 3.6.3) to get the script to work in Windows. Here's a link to v3.6.3:

https://www.mediafire.com/?awx3o4v2l49yceg



ADDENDUM:

Signing-in to use iPlayer

See the following page for using the iPlayer website without signing-in:

https://forum.beebotron.org/index.php?topic=66093.msg66363





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Geek Speak / Download High Bitrate TS files - Other Options
« on: July 30, 2016, 04:48:55 PM »
Here is an alternative, two more methods for downloading iPlayer programmes in high bitrate versions -

https://www.mediafire.com/?4cr5ec0zge5cqzu


This is a very small zip file, containing a collection of text files (batch files) plus instructions for using them.

This is perhaps a more straightforward pair of options than the procedure I outlined above in this thread.

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Geek Speak / Download High Bitrate TS files (320 kbps Live Stream)
« on: July 30, 2016, 02:55:36 PM »
How to download a BBC radio programme in HIGH RESOLUTION (320 kbps) from BBC Radio 4 Extra, in Windows 7.

You can download the latest 11 hours of programmes, hence this procedure will work for any programme for up to 11 hours after it is broadcast.


Utils for downloading 320kbps files, and instructions:

Download link for file AAC_320_kbps_HLS_streams.zip


 �  First, put the file WGET.EXE on the Desktop.

 �  Then create a sub-directory (a new folder) on the Desktop,
    and put the five .BAT batch files in it (NOT wget.exe)


 � STAGE 1 : DOWNLOAD THE .TS FILES

   Run the .bat batch files in the following order:-

     1. Run batch file 1. This will download a .m3u8
        playlist file, containing text.


     2. Open the playlist file downloaded above, using
        Notepad. It will contain a list of filenames
        in the following format:

         bbc_radio_four_extra-audio=320000-229208808.ts

        There will be hundreds of these entries in the
        playlist file. They represent all the available
        .ts files, for the last three hours: each such
        file contains 6 seconds of audio. The first
        entry in the playlist file is the oldest.


     3. This part of the filename is irrelevent:

         bbc_radio_four_extra-audio=320000-

        You take the 9 digit number at the END of the
        filename, and you type it into batch file 2.

        Choose your own starting point: Pick any point in
        the 3 hours immediately before you downloaded the
        .m3u8 playlist file. Or do it the easy way: download
        the whole 3 hours, by taking the 9 digit number from
        the first entry in the playlist file.

        But you can go back 11 hours by editing the 9 digit
        number to choose your own starting point.

        Run batch file 2, to download the .TS files containing
        the audio (MPEG-2 TS Video files, 6 seconds long, and
        containing audio only; each typically 262 KB in size).


 � STAGE 2 : JOIN THE .TS FILES INTO A SINGLE FILE

   Run the .bat batch files in the following order:-

     4. Make SURE the sub-directory containg all the downloaded
        .TS files has its header line set to show these columns:

           Name
           Type
           Size
           Length
           Date
           Date Created
           Date Modified

        The critical values are DATE and LENGTH which show
        the air date and time of each audio file, and its
        length in seconds.

        You can play these files using MEDIA PLAYER CLASSIC,
        or VLC Media Player, or GOM Player. This is the key
        to locating the start and end of the radio show you
        want.


     5. Delete any .ts files that are not part of the radio
        show you want.

        Perhaps, at first, delete them to the Recycle bin
        in case you make a mistake.


     6. Run batch file 3, then batch file 4, to rename the
        .ts files you have chosen to keep.


     7. Type the 9 digit number from the .m3u8 file into
        batch file 5, to modify the following line:

          SET number=000000000

        (Replace the 9 zero\'s with the 9 digit number)


     8. Run batch file 5, in the sub-directory.

        This will create a new batch file, batch file 6, containing the
        list of files to be merged.


     9. Run batch file 6, in the sub-directory.

        All files in that directory with a higher number
        than the 9 digit number you took from the .m3u8
        playlist are merged into a single file.


    10. Delete all the remaining 6-second long files,
        and just keep the output file (which will be
        obvious from its file size).

        You can play the file using MEDIA PLAYER CLASSIC,
        or VLC Media Player, or GOM Player, or Windows
        Media Player. This is an audio-only file, even
        though .ts is a video format.

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I noticed this week that the recent change in the live stream for Radio 4 Extra, to an mp3 stream, has made downloading the live stream really easy.

To start saving it, just copy-and-paste one of the following url addresses into the url address bar in Internet Explorer, then click on the 'go' button next to that bar -

  http://bbcmedia.ic.llnwd.net/stream/bbcmedia_radio4extra_mf_p

  http://bbcmedia.ic.llnwd.net/stream/bbcmedia_radio4extra_mf_q

Then copy the downloading file from your internet cache folder to any permanent folder, e.g. the desktop (do this BEFORE you stop the download). The cache folder for Internet Explorer, on Windows 7, is normally a hidden sub-directory of the following folder -

  C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\

The live stream is 128 kbps, 44.1 kHz, stereo - in mp3 format.


ADDENDUM:

This still works, as of today, but the connection is pretty unstable. I've never managed to keep it running more than about 15 minutes.

You can use the same url, either of them, to download more stably with, say, MPLAYER.EXE (I experimented with using WGET.EXE but that was not as stable as MPLAYER with these live streams).

Command line in a batch file, using MPLAYER, in Windows 7 -

SET url=http://bbcmedia.ic.llnwd.net/stream/bbcmedia_radio4extra_mf_p

mplayer.exe %url% -dumpstream -dumpfile "%~dp0_R4Extra.mp3"


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A little watched BBC digital TV channel is closing, and becoming on-line only.

BBC 1 will in future be accompanied by BBC 1 +1, i.e. a new digital tv channel showing BBC 1\'s output AGAIN just 1 hour later.

The Childrens BBC digital channel will be on air for extra hours each day.

The digital iPlayer will be monkeyed about with again.

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I was just amused by the irony that George Orwell, a man well known for his strong left-wing views, was so offended by the BBC\'s mindless bureaucracy that he took his revenge on them in print. In those days the bureaucracy was Stalinist in the sense of being monolithic, i.e. mindless, rather than in the political sense.

I suspect today\'s problems stem directly from the vast expansion of their useless bureaucracy in the 1990s, such that whereas in the old days the Corporation was top-heavy with programme-makers and performers, now it is top-heavy with useless bureaucrats.

Too small a percentage of its workforce are people who actually make programmes.

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My sources tell me that the BBC Trust has now received the detail of proposals from the BBC Executive to close BBC Three as a broadcast channel and re-invent it as an online only proposition. Alongside this, the Executive also propose launching a BBC One+1 channel, extending the hours for CBBC, and enhancing BBC iPlayer.

What the changes to the iPlayer will be are not yet clear.

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