Sirius XM announced today that it will be bringing the U.K.'s BBC Radio 1 broadcast, along with exclusive concert performances, to its Internet Radio starting Friday, Aug 19 as a part of a multi-platform agreement. This follows the Aug 10 cancellation of the station being broadcasted on Sirius since 2005.
In the new agreement, Sirius will broadcast with a 5 hour time-shift to allow the programming to be listened to as intended for American audiences. This programming includes popular presenters Chris Moyles in the mornings, Scott Mills in the afternoons, along with Wednesday's weekly "Official Chart Update," where midweek standings of the British music charts are revealed.
The programming will also bring with it rare performances from the BBC Radio 1 archive, many of which are not commercially available. Listeners will get the chance to hear performances from the past and present including Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Lady Gaga amongst other top musicians. These concerts will air on various SiriusXM music channels giving indication to several new stations on the Internet platform.
"BBC Radio 1 has built a loyal and passionate following across North America. We're delighted that we are able to continue and extend our relationship with SiriusXM, to bring BBC Radio 1 and our catalogue of classic BBC concerts to the North American audience," said Salim Mukaddam, the Head of Radio at BBC Worldwide.
This passionate following is no doubt fueled by Radio 1 formerly being broadcasted over Sirius XM, which was cancelled last Wednesday, for the past six years. BBC's Press Office responded with, "BBC Worldwide are in current discussions with the satellite radio station to find ways to continue to bring popular music channel, BBC Radio 1, to the US audience."
The shift from satellite to internet broadcast comes as somewhat of a shock as Sirius had recently showed profits in its second quarter as well attempting another cost-cutting tactic of attempting to license songs directly from labels which would not require a royalty payment to SoundExchange as Billboard.biz previously reported.