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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 is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time 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.