Around 50 radio stations will be available on a new U.K. Internet service, the Radioplayer, which provides access to BBC and commercial networks via a single online destination.

Listeners will be able to search by station, program and genre and then stream live or on-demand content, as well as storing favorites.

Stations from the BBC, Absolute and Global Radio will be available at launch in December. The service will roll out in 2011 with at least 200 stations on offer.

The BBC reports that 4.7 million people listen to radio via the Internet every month.

Andrew Harrison, chairman of Radioplayer and chief executive of commercial radio body RadioCentre, said it would "create significant opportunities for the commercial radio sector."

The project is a collaboration between the publicly funded BBC and the commercial sector.