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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 19:54 UK time, Friday, 23 September 2011


Wall of cards and post its, arranged in a grid of time by BBC TV Programme name

Schedule Wall for Barcamp MediaCityUK. Photo by Ian Forrester


1. Betas galore!

A beta of the new BBC home page was launched this week. This post by James Thornett is still open for your comments.

Josh Halliday produced a storify of initial reaction alongside his piece in Media Guardian. The Register's headline: "BBC Website ditches modules in facelift".

After the initial flurry in the twittersphere more considered opinions emerged including Gareth Klose's "On the Beta BBC home page":

The new one feels both busier, and simpler. Without the excessive and technically unreliable customisation it’s lost that horrible of air of “is it a homepage or a BBC specific My-Yahoo?"

Don't forget the other blog posts currently open for comment about BBC betas:

2. BBC iPlayer and Accessibility Tools

In this week's edition of Radio 4's In Touch Daniel Danker (General Manager, Programmes and On Demand) was interviewed about BBC iPlayer and accessibilty tools  This followed up the previous week's programme which featured feedback from blind users of BBC iPlayer.

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Peter White interviews Daniel Danker on BBC Radio 4's In Touch

3. BBC Journalism Portal

You may have missed this paper which gives details about how the new BBC Journalism portal works.

Maritta Eager, BBC World Service Head of Development, summed up how the portal helped journalists across the BBC to cover the June 16 Abuja bombings:

Before the Portal this would have involved multiple phone calls and emails. Here everyone could see that conversion instantly. Commissioning was done for everyone in one place without any phones or emails. The Abuja office weren't getting 20 calls. The bureau simply accessed the Portal online. Others outside the Africa community could go into the conversation in real time or after the fact.

Also see Kevin Bakhurst's talk: "How has social media changed the ways newsrooms work?"

4. IBC conference

Kevin was speaking at the IBC conference in Amsterdam where the BBC News app for Samsung TV won the "TV app of the Year" award.

Also attending was Daniel Danker who was interviewed by Videonet: "Tablets are bringing viewers back to the schedule at the BBC".

5. BBC Research and Development blog

There's been some interesting stuff on the R&D blog recently including:

Ian Forrester looks back to a "Wonderful Weekend at BarCamp Media City". There's a video too.

See also this story from the Guardian and "BarCamp? What's a BarCamp" from About The BBC blog.

Plus "Create Your Own BBCQR Code" by Duncan Robertson and "RadioTAG" by Sean O'Halpin

Have a nice weekend.

Nick Reynolds is Accountability Executive, BBC Online



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