A new look for BBC World Service
From today you will notice a new look to bbcworldservice.com.
The new wide format makes the whole site even easier to use, creating more room for the content to be easily seen and scanned.
Some of you will remember that I told you about the relaunch of the site in time for the World Service's 75th anniversary back in December 2007.
At that time I said the redevelopment of the site would be an ongoing process. We have listened to what you have to say, and have worked to ensure that you have more of what you want.
What you get:
- More room for World Service audio - making it easier to catch up on missed programmes and special content.
- Improved navigation - with new sections for sport, science and special reports now joining news, documentaries, business and the arts, offering a clear route to the full breadth of BBC World Service programming.
- Increased number of podcasts - podcasts are very popular with bbcworldservice.com users - downloads have increased by 70% over the last 12 months to more than 6.1 million (Jan '09).
- A new Have Your Say index, which invites users to submit text, pictures and audio. Recognising the multitude of ways through which audiences communicate, the site is also linked to various social networks, including a Flickr stream, Twitter feeds, Facebook groups and blogs.
Wider World Service
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that the transformation of bbcworldservice.com is not alone. In recent months we have begun the move from a narrow design to a more contemporary widescreen one, 1024 pixels wide.
Throughout the year we will continue to relaunch the portfolio of sites; covering 33 languages in total.
I'd be interested to know what you think of the new design.
Sally Thompson is Head of Future Media, BBC World Service