The BBC is to offer a new range of applications that will deliver BBC Online services to mobile devices, starting with BBC News and BBC Sport, announced BBC Director of Future Media & Technology Erik Huggers at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The BBC are planning to launch a BBC News application for iPhone in April 2010. The app will focus on providing access to the BBC’s existing journalistic content, which will be repurposed for the devices.
A BBC Sport application will be available in The App Store for iPhone and iPod touch in time for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, according to the broadcaster.
The BBC is also considering BBC iPlayer applications for release later in the year.
Erik Huggers said: “It’s been 12 years since the launch of BBC Online, but as media converges and technology accelerates, licence fee payers are increasingly using sophisticated handheld devices to access information. They tell us that they want to access the digital services that they have paid for at a time and place that suits them.
“Today’s announcement means that we are catching up with our audiences, and the same content that we broadcast on television and make available online can now be better enjoyed on the move.
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