So the Olympics Gets to Block BBC Broadcasts?

Noting that a canned message is currently being played out 24/7 on BBC local radio channels accessed via internet radio (on our Pure radio at least) that the service is not currently available…

Seems like it’s a right’s issue…

Dear customer,

We would like to inform you that there is some temporary disruption to local BBC Radio stations broadcast on internet radio, due to the Olympic games. This disruption is due to rights issues and is unfortunately outside of our control.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are set to finish on Sunday 8 August. After this date, BBC radio stations will stream as normal for both international listeners, and UK listeners on affected devices.

You can read more about this over on the BBC website by clicking here. Thank you for your understanding.

Note on Pure radio website

And the BBC announcement?

Why am I currently unable to listen to local radio stations?

During the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, local BBC radio stations will not be available online to listeners located outside the UK. National stations will be available, however some programmes, or segments of programmes, might be unavailable during this time. This is due to rights reasons.

This may also impact some UK listeners if the device accessing the stream uses Shoutcast. Shoutcast has one stream covering both the UK and overseas, so these will be unavailable at this time.

If your device is affected, you’ll hear a looping message advising that the stream isn’t available at the moment. If you’re within the UK and unable to listen, please check the following FAQ for info on how to listen on a different device in the meantime: How do I listen live?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics started on Friday 23 July and finish on Sunday 8 August. After this date, BBC radio stations will stream as normal for both international listeners, and UK listeners on affected devices.

BBC Sounds | Update *** Friday 23 July ***, https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/help/issues/bbc-sounds/local-radio-olympics-2020

Author: Tony Hirst

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2 thoughts on “So the Olympics Gets to Block BBC Broadcasts?”

  1. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.
    … Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o’er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings: but I say, ’tis the bee’s wax; for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mine own man since.” – William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

  2. I can`t understand why only “local” BBC radio stations are blocked outside of the U.K. Surely there is more coverage of the Olympics on Radio 4 and World Service than, say on BBC Radio London??

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