BBC News website gets face-lift

The BBC is launching a redesigned news website later this month.

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The BBC is launching a redesigned news website later this month.

It has focused on the updating the design and navigation of the BBC News Website, and snapshots of the new site can be viewed in a slideshow here.

In a blog post, the editor of the BBC News website said that the “improvements” to the design and layout of the site is the latest stage of its “evolution”.

“We [are] looking to see how we can make all the existing content we produce each day easier for you to find, use and share,” said site editor Steve Herrmann.

According to Herrmann, the new site will have features such as more space for the day’s main stories, “better” use of video and images, clearer labelling and signposting of key stories, and a better indication of
the most recent headlines. The site will also make it easier for readers to share stories.

More specifically, changes include moving the navigation bar from the left-hand side of the page to the top, and a larger video player with better quality streaming will be placed at the top of the front page.

In spite of the changes, Herrmann said that the BBC has been careful to ensure that the site is still easy to use.

In addition, the BBC will be launching a new edition of the news site for its North American audience, so that readers based in the US or Canada will automatically see a North America edition of the site. Other international users will continue to see the current international edition.

Meanwhile, the BBC said it has rebuilt its content production system (CPS) for its journalists, which it said will be easier to use so that stories can be published quicker.

Launched in 1997, the BBC News website’s most recent redesign was carried out in 2003. It seems to have survived the 25 percent cut in its online budget, which has recently been essentially approved by the BBC trust. The cuts will mean the number of pages running on the www.bbc.co.uk site will be halved, and a quarter of online staff are expected to lose their jobs.