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BBC wants to keep shows on its iPlayer for one year

The BBC is hoping to make its programmes available for longer on the iPlayer. (Nick Ansell/PA)
The BBC is hoping to make its programmes available for longer on the iPlayer. (Nick Ansell/PA)

By Martyn Landi

The BBC is hoping to make its programmes available for longer on the iPlayer.

The broadcaster, which hopes to keep shows online for 12 months after they are first shown, submitted the plan to Ofcom as part of a raft of suggestions to improve the service.

It also wants to make selected programmes available as box sets and increase the amount of content from the BBC Archive.

The corporation believes the changes would provide value for money without having an adverse effect on competition.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: "Audience expectations have changed dramatically. Viewers are now used to being able to watch what they want, when they want and they expect more from the iPlayer.

"We want to make the best UK programmes available to audiences for longer and provide a range of series and box sets for everyone to enjoy. This will bring the BBC iPlayer in line with what other services already offer."

Ofcom said: "We recognise that the BBC needs to innovate and keep pace with viewers' needs. Our role is to check whether these changes might harm competing services like All 4. We expect to conclude our process by August."

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