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BBC set to broadcast a number of shows on iPlayer first

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By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

February 9, 2013 | 1 min read

The BBC has said that it will be making several of its shows available to view online before their TV transmission as part of a year-long trial.

The BBC Trust has confirmed that there will be up to 40 hours of programming across multiple genres on BBC iPlayer before it gets slotted into TV schedules.

The move comes as the BBC tries to increase the proportion of television viewers that use its streaming platform. With iPlayer only accounting for 1/50th of the corporations viewing figures, the idea of this 12-month trial will be to build excitement for new shows, and get people onto the iPlayer site.

BBC publicist for future media Ian Walker told the Telegraph: "During 2012, the BBC brought selected online-only programmes to audiences.

"These included BBC Three comedy pilots, a Doctor Who web series called 'Pond Life', and curated archive programmes for BBC Four.

"We will build on this in 2013, and make more programming exclusively available to our audiences via BBC iPlayer."

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