Over on the Internet blog Erik Huggers, Director, BBC Future Media & Technology, has written in more depth about the BBC's plans to reduce the number of top level URLs on the BBC website:
Erik says: 'The thrust of our recent strategy submission to the Trust on BBC Online is that we need to do fewer things better. We know that the parts of BBC Online that our users really value are significant, coherent, regularly updated and provide a great marriage of content and technology. Products like News, CBBC and iPlayer all have these characteristics; we want much more of the site to have them in future.
A symptom of our previous, less focussed, approach is the number of top level directories - we have on BBC Online, some 400 (this does not include the many re-directs we set up to make it easy to promote sites in our broadcasts). A number of people have asked us to publish the list and anyone who is interested can access it at the end of the extended entry of this post or as a .txt file here.'
Meanwhile, since the post went live, it's interesting to note this response from PaidContent:UK.
To read the full post and to leave comments visit the Internet blog.