The BBC has blocked its podcasts on platforms operated by Google. The block stretches to prevent access to BBC shows through the new Google Podcasts app, via Google Assistant, and from Google search. The move to restrict access began last week, according to Podnews.
The rep said that linking to BBC podcasts requires a license, and that user data needs to be provided to the broadcaster under its distribution policy.
Podnews founder James Cridland opined that the block could be related to an effort to drive use of the BBC Sounds app, which caused some controversy among listeners earlier this year. There also may be some recourse to stop the block. UK media regulatory Ofcom requires that the BBC must make its public services to third parties that make “reasonable requests” for them, unless the broadcaster “has an objective justification for not doing so.”