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Hello, I'm resident in Brussels, and I suddenly cannot access certain BBC Radio 4 programmes on my Ipod any more. At the same time, I received an e-mail saying that Global Iplayer (which I think refers to television) is closing for a while and that it will re-emerge in a different format.

Are these two things a coincidence or not? I shall feel bereft if it's the latter as I rely on certain back episodes of Radio 4 programmes to keep me going during the day!

I am quite happy to access it in a different way and pay for the service. Does anyone know how?

Sally Tipper

It might be something to do with this:

I share your bereavement. As of a few months ago, we can no longer listen to BBC podcasts and on-demand via internet radio or smartphone, and haven't found a way round it, paid or otherwise. The message from the BBC seems to be "live with it".

May 13, 2015 11:40

Oh no Sally, that is terrible news indeed!! But thank you for the link!

I wonder if the BBC recognise (or care) that they have many many British listeners (and listeners of other nationalities) across Europe who would actually pay for this service?

I was told by someone today that if I have a "Podcasts" button (app, in other words) on my iPod, then I can download it the BBC Podcast (for free) from the iTunes store and can then switch between Library and Store in the Podcasts app. I haven't had time to try it yet but will do so later! (Apologies if this is totally obvious, I'm not very good with technology!)

May 13, 2015 12:46
Sally Tipper

Not obvious to me at all, I'm an equal numpty with technology! Judging by the comments on that blog, there is lots of unhappiness back home too from people whose shiny new internet radios are now effectively useless. Good luck with your possible solution - let us know how you get on.

May 13, 2015 13:46

Will do Sally - and thanks again!

May 13, 2015 16:56

Hi I've been having issues on my iPad with some program this week the archers afte 11th won't load or play. Iplayer isn't TV it's radio I think

May 14, 2015 18:56
Sally Tipper

Iplayer is both TV and radio, but it's only radio that's being affected by the changes the BBC is making. We've had glitches while playing R4 downloads via Sonos recently; fingers crossed this isn't the beginning of the end. "The Archers won't load or play" are words that strike fear into my heart.

May 15, 2015 11:19

Oh dear Sally, that doesn't sound good! I can't exist without the Archers either!

Playing the episodes via Podcast (as described above) worked but as others have noted, there don't seem to have been any more downloads since the 11th/12th May.

May 16, 2015 14:21

Just to add, a few more episodes have appeared so all is not lost, for now anyway!

May 18, 2015 16:08

I got iPlayer radio to work on my iPhone using a VPN (HMA pro) and then re-installing the iPlayer radio app.

Jul 8, 2015 15:30