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BBC launches podcast trial

Current affairs shows available as podcasts

News addicts can now download news programmes from the BBC to mobile phones and video iPods.

The Ten O’Clock News and Newsnight are being made available as video podcasts as part of a 12-month trial.

Viewers can download Ten Weekly – the best of the week’s Ten O’Clock News packages – as well as subscribe to Newsnight reports and investigations from the last week presented by the regular Newsnight team.

Adrian Van Klaveren, Deputy Director of BBC News, says: ‘This trial aims to give people a range of great BBC News content that they can enjoy watching in a completely different way on new portable devices.’

The year-long video podcast trial will also include StoryFix – a high-speed, tongue-in-cheek look at the last week’s news on the BBC.

Commuter briefings

Adrian Van Klaveren adds: ‘We view video podcasting as a convenient way for our audiences to consume BBC News content at a time and place of their choosing – both established programmes such as the Ten O’Clock News and Newsnight but also content they may not have come across such as StoryFix.’

Ten Weekly will be available every Wednesday while StoryFix and Newsnight will be published on a Friday evening.

Later in the year the trial will include highlights from each week’s Question Time and a new daily news briefing aimed at the morning commuter.

Selected other non-news content will also be available during the course of the 12-month video podcast trial.

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