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The BBC is to extend the period in which people can catch up on TV programmes online through its iPlayer service. 

A proposal to make it possible for users to stream or download programmes up to 30 days after they have aired has been approved by the BBC Trust - the current period is seven days. 

Diane Coyle, vice chairman at the BBC Trust, said: "It is important that iPlayer continues to evolve and meet the expectations of users."

She revealed the organisation underwent a careful analysis of the proposal and took on board the advice of Ofcom when making its decision.

Ms Coyle said the Trust concluded the extension is a "sensible move that will benefit audiences and provide a clearer and more consistent catch-up service".

She added the iPlayer service has been a huge success since it launched in 2008 and currently has an average of 10.7 million programme requests on a daily basis.