Freddie Mercury would no doubt approve. Plans are afoot for a single website that will host every single radio station in Britain.
The scheme’s a riposte to the increasing popularity of online music, from Spotify to internet radio sites, which is giving traditional radio a sound thrashing.
Tim Davie, director of audio and music at the BBC, told The Independent that the sudden upsurge of free music websites meant radio is facing a “real threat” of extinction unless the various stations all work together: “Radio, by working as a sector more effectively, can really prosper in the digital world.”
Andrew Harrison of the newly-formed Radio Council has said that the website will be “quite a breakthrough project.”
According to the Daily Telegraph, a prototype of the site could be up by Christmas, offering up to 500 stations streaming live in digital quality. If all goes well, it should be available for our ears by the first half of next year.