BBC launches Alexa skill across radio stations and podcasts

Owners of Alexa-powered speakers, such as the new Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Sonos One, can now launch any of the BBC’s UK, national and local live radio stations, and its full range of podcasts, simply with the sound of their voice.

They can also ask to 'play', 'pause' and 'resume' whatever they are listening to, as well as launch 'previous' episodes in the back-catalogue.

It’s not the first time the BBC has dabbled with smart control. It recently launched an interactive story for Amazon Alexa speakers, with support for Google Assistant to come.

Future support for rival smart platforms looks likely too, so owners of speakers such as the Google Home and Sony LF-S50G will have to be patient.

Image credit: BBC


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.