Top 50 BBC Podcasts in Google Reader

Martin Belam  by Martin Belam, 22 November 2007

...well, 49 actually...

When I was compiling my list of the most popular BBC RSS feeds in Google Reader, I noticed subscriber figures for a lot of content from the BBC's download.bbc.co.uk podcast feeds.

I'm not a regular Google Reader user, so I didn't realise that it actually had the facility to play podcasts inline from the RSS reader interface.

Playing a podcast in Google Reader

I know that Colin Murray for one gets quite vexed about where his Fighting Talk podcast appears in the iTunes chart, so I thought I would break the podcast data out from my main list, and present a chart of the most popular BBC podcasts in Google Reader.

Top 50 - well, 49 - BBC Podcasts in Google Reader
Pos.Podcast nameSubscribersPodcast feed
1.BBC logo  In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg1,943RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
2.BBC logo  Documentary Archive1,312RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
3.BBC logo  Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 41,192RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
4.BBC logo  From Our Own Correspondent866RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
5.BBC logo  The Archers823RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
6.BBC logo  Digital Planet684RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
7.BBC logo  Best of Chris Moyles606RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
8.BBC logo  Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews573RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
9.BBC logo  Talk About English (Learn English)549RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
10.BBC logo  Material World468RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
11.BBC logo  Russell Brand464RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
12.BBC logo  Thinking Allowed443RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
13.BBC logo  Best of Today439RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
14.BBC logo  Grammar Challenge (Learn English)437RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
15.BBC logo  How to… (Learn English)428RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
16.BBC logo  Radio 4 Choice403RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
17.BBC logo  Jonathan Ross395RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
18.BBC logo  NewsPod394RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
19.BBC logo  Money Box363RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
20.BBC logo  Global News356RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
21.BBC logo  Best of Natural History Radio352RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
22.BBC logo  Scott Mills Daily342RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
23.BBC logo  Business Daily319RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
24.BBC logo  5 live Football Daily299RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
25.BBC logo  Peter Day's World of Business297RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
26.BBC logo  Science in Action295RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
27.BBC logo  Crossing Continents290RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
28.BBC logo  Wake Up To Wogan272RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
29.BBC logo  Start the Week with Andrew Marr270RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
30.BBC logo  Russell Howard and Jon Richardson264RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
31.BBC logo  Medical Matters253RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
32.BBC logo  File on 4241RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
33.BBC logo  Chequered Flag Formula 1240RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
34.BBC logo  Steve Wright in the Afternoon221RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
35.BBC logo  Front Row Highlights220RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
36.BBC logo  Science With Dr Karl214RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
37.BBC logo  Fighting Talk208RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
38.BBC logo  Broadcasting House207RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
39.BBC logo  Radio 1 Documentary200RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
40.BBC logo  Test Match Special195RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
41.BBC logo  Wake Up To Money193RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
42.BBC logo  Chris Evans Drivetime - The Best Bits185RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
43.BBC logo  One Planet182RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
44.BBC logo  Heroes The Official Radio Show174RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
45.BBC logo  606 Football Phone-in168RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
46.BBC logo  Daily Mayo163RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
47.BBC logo  Best of Chris Moyles Enhanced161RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
48.BBC logo  Real English120RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google
49.BBC logo  CBeebies Best Bits115RSS icon  Podcast feed  Add to Google

Colin won't be particularly impressed by the performance of Fighting Talk, although I have subscribed myself which just nudged it above Broadcasting House.

Since I only have a very slow dial-up connection at home in Greece I haven't been able to use any background podcast downloading software. I'm not online all day, and when I am, I want my limited bandwidth reserved for the task I'm trying to perform, not to be hogged by Christian O'Connell or Sandi Toksvig. Google Reader's podcast facility looks like it might be a good compromise for me, allowing me to subscribe to a set of feeds, but only download and listen to them on demand, when I know that is where I want to dedicate my massive 32 Kbps.

Tomorrow I'll be finishing this BBC Google Reader listmania with a 'just for fun bragging rights' look at which football teams attract the most BBC Sport RSS feed subscribers.

1 Comment

I have been going mad trying to maneuver through the bbc podcast system. Thanks for this list. (um, might I ask if there is a longer selection ?)

Daniel

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