What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files stored on your computer or mobile by your browser which collect information automatically when you visit a website. They're used for many things, such as remembering whether you've visited the site before, remembering your username and preferences, so that you remain logged in, or to help work out how many new website visitors a site gets each month. They may even allow the website to recommend content that will be the most relevant to you.
Cookies don't include personal information about you (unlike the registration information you supply directly, they don't store your name). They do, however, contain information about the use of your computer; your computer settings, your connection to the Internet e.g. operating system and platform, IP address, your browsing patterns and timings of your browsing on the website and your location.
This policy explains how cookies are used on our website and how you can control them.
Can users block cookies?
You can choose not to allow cookies (see if you wish to disable cookies below). If you do, your experience with the website may not be as good as if you do allow cookies.
Registration and cookies
Types of cookie that may be used during your visit to the Website:
The following types of cookie are used on this site. We don't list every single cookie used by name - but for each type of cookie we tell you how you can control its use:
These are used to maintain your identity or session on the Website. These are designed to make your visit a more coherent experience, e.g when navigating between our site and those of our third party providers ( e.g. Radioplayer)
These monitor how visitors move around the Website and how they reached it. This is used so that we can see total (not individual) figures on which types of content users enjoy most, for instance. We utilise cookies to analyse how our visitors use the Website and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise, e.g., which method of linking between pages is most effective, why some pages are receiving error messages, etc.
These cookies are used to recognise repeat visitors to the Website and in conjunction with other information we hold to attempt to record specific browsing information (that is, about the way you arrive at the Website, pages you view, options you select, information you enter and the path you take through the Website). These may used to recommend content we think you'll be interested in based on what you're looked at before.
Third party cookies
Social sharing, audio streaming and other services we offer are run by other companies. These companies may drop cookies on your computer when you use them on our site or if you are already logged in to them.
We sell space on the Website to advertisers - they pay for the content you enjoy for free.
The advertising on the Website is currently the same for everyone and is not tailored to your behaviour based on cookies.
However our advertisers may use a profile they have built on this site to present you with more relevant advertisements during your visit to other sites. We believe that it is could be useful to our users to see advertisements that are more relevant to their interests.