So here’s the scenario. You want to share with the world that amazing bit from your favourite BBC Radio programme. So you tweet something like:
— Jo Welch (@jojowelchWS) November 6, 2013
I see this all the time. I even see BBC people do it when directing you back to segments within their own shows. You can deep link to BBC Radio material on the iPlayer but it’s not immediately obvious how. On TV programmes you see this:
But on radio programmes this is always greyed out:
Even though that box is greyed out you can deep link to any point by just adding /?t=7m45s (or whatever min/sec combination you want) at the end of the URL.
However, this applies as long as you don’t use the URL presented by the new BBC Radio Player. Use the version that covers both TV and Radio content. There are three different URLs for the aforementioned Woman’s Hour programme:
- New Radio iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gby1m
- ‘Normal’ iPlayer (sorry about the really long URL): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03gby1m/Womans_Hour_Maternity_discrimination_Penal_reformers_Cheating_partners/
- Short link that shows in the ‘normal’ player ‘link to to this window: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03gby1m/
You can add the /?t=7m45s to the end of the last two URLs in that list but not the top one.
So if you really want to link to the above moment on Woman’s Hour, the correct url is: