WS podcast sideffect, was Re: Grenfell Tower podcasts

S Byers s_byers666 at
Mon Mar 25 23:51:08 PDT 2019

Re: top and tail adverts.

Surely advertising is against the BBC Charter - in tne UK anyway.

But when we were in Malta recently the BBC News website was heavily advertising Vodaphone and even after reporting these intrusions to Google they persisted and took up much of the screen display.

And I do know that BBC World Service on t.v. is also heavily contaminated by such inane adverts. .


On Mon, 25/3/19, Jim web <web at> wrote:

 Subject: WS podcast sideffect, was Re: Grenfell Tower podcasts
 To: get_iplayer at
 Date: Monday, 25 March, 2019, 15:29
 In article <e8b77ac1-7f2f-be81-1919-190d9692b561 at>,
 <richard22j at>
 > Why do you need to use
 get_iplayer?  Click the link in your email.
 > Click the link to the episode you
 want to download.  Click Download.
 > Select Higher quality or Lower
 quality.  Choose where to download it.
 > If you really want to use
 > get_iplayer --pid p066rd9t
 --pid-recursive --type radio
 This prompts me to ask a question about
 the way 'podcasts' in some cases
 seem to inconsistently be 'replacing'
 versions of the broadcast versions.
 Particularly for the World Service.
 Using the standard 'radio' method some
 examples now give me the 'podcasted
 version' with some kind of top-and-tail
 adverts or glue-ons which weren't
 aired via conventional radio. This
 seems to happen, or not, with no warning
 or choice.
 On some recent occasions the standard
 attempt to fetch fails. Instead I get
 told to use hafmed, haflow, or 
 hlalow modes. 
  I've not yet experimented further but
 then find that using the 'download'
 icon on the relevant programme's wepage
 offers me only a 128kbps (or lower)
 mp3 *NOT* a 320k aac file.
 I can't recall specific examples as
 I've not yet made notes. But one of the
 short 'More or Less' snippets on WS
 last week did the latter. 
 Anyone else encountered this or got to
 the bottom of it? Are there now BBC
 radio programs which can't be obtained
 as 320k aac or 'as broadcast'? Or is
 this a confused side-effect of the
 desperate rollout of 'Sounds'. Or do I
 mean "Zounds!" as it seems a bit like
 going back into the past?... :-)
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