The BBC experiment with Internet broadcasting has been a complete success.

The equivalent of 15,345 years of continuous listening have taken place. 134 million hours of BBC Radio have been consumed via the Internet this year, the organisation said.

The BBC Radio Player has clocked its 250 millionth request for on demand programming. 100 million such requests in 2005.
BBC Radio websites broke all previous records in October, with 7.7 million unique users visiting the sites and listening to 16.4 million hours of radio online.

BBC Radio 4 saw a 25 per cent increase in on-demand listening hours, with The Archers receiving 700,000 listens in October alone.

Listeners want radio to go

Simon Nelson, controller of BBC Radio & Music Interactive, said: "These incredible figures show that people really value the option of listening online and catching up with their favourite programmes if they miss them."
BBC 6 Music's rebroadcast of John Peel's 1967 BBC radio debut became the network's most requested ever programme.
The BBC is believed to be planning major moves into podcasting in 2006, making more shows available through the on-demand format.

The BBC began a seven-month podcasting trial in May, making 20 shows available during the trial, including Radio 4's Today programme and Five Live's Sportsweek.

BBC likely to ramp-up podcasting

The highlights of the Chris Moyles show podcast has emerged as the BBC's most popular such transmission.

Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong also has a regular podcast available. Uniquely, this includes music from cutting-edge dance music acts, thanks to Tong's relationship with Universal Music.

The inclusion of music in podcasts has been frustrated by the difficulty of licensing such content. No universal licence exists at present, forcing podcasters to arrange ad hoc deals for each piece of music used with both copyright holders and labels.

This seems set to change, as UK indie label group the Association of Independent Music (AIM) announced its universal licensing scheme this week.