The service is being developed for launch “within the next 12 months”, said Tim Davie, director of BBC Audio and Music. "Audiopedia", its working title, may yet become its formal name, he added.
“The BBC is working on how best to present Audiopedia at the moment but most people will probably access the new on demand content via other pieces of related content they are already listening to across the BBC website,” he explained.
The website will represent the biggest release of BBC programming on demand since the iPlayer was introduced in 2007.
As well as searching and listening to the archive, "Audiopedia" users will be able to share programmes with their friends.
The BBC is in the process of digitizing its audio and TV archives. Currently around 20 hours a week of Radio 4 archive is being added to "Audiopedia". Davie the process was being run at a “small cost to the tax payer” and that the website will be “porous” to other broadcasters’ content. More......