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Some changes to the new site - and a favour!

Thursday 16 April 2009, 17:50

Leigh Aspin Leigh Aspin

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Thanks once again for your feedback. We've had a busy couple of weeks bedding down the new site and we're making some small changes to our homepage today, informed by your comments.

One of the main pieces of feedback has been the request for a page listing all currently available programmes, especially those which are available to "listen again". To address this, we've made the following changes:

  1. We've added a link in the Find a Programme panel at the top of the homepage to a list of all programmes that are currently available on iPlayer and those scheduled in the next week. (We'll need to review the layout of this panel in due course).
  2. The genre links in this panel now take you to similar lists (all programmes from the past week and the week to come), rather than just offering the last five and next five programmes.
  3. We've added a link to all programmes currently available in iPlayer at the bottom of the Popular Programmes list.

We're planning further revisions in the weeks to come and I'll update you with changes as they're confirmed. I'll be grateful for your ongoing feedback as we develop the website.

On another note, I'm delighted that our World on the Move website has recently been nominated for two awards.

The Sony Radio Academy Awards are known as the Oscars of the UK radio industry and we've been shortlisted for the Multiplatform Radio Award.

And the Webbys claim to be the leading international awards honouring excellence on the Internet. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences selects the award winners but nominees are also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award.

If you enjoyed the World on the Move website, we'd be very pleased if you'd cast your vote. To do so, you'll need to register at the Webby Awards People's Voice web site. Voting closes on 30 April.

The full list of all nominees is available here.

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    Comment number 1.

    "There have been no comments made here yet."
    Can't resist that!

    Good changes! Now for putting the BIG PICTURE on a diet?


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    Comment number 2.


    Your new link goes to only the a section of available progs.
    Nick's suggestion would be better:

    The new link to "all genres" is a bit redundant, and a waste of space.

    Still having text-overlap problems due to zooming to make the smallest fonts readable. Thee result is similar in Firefox, Opera, and Seamonkey. It isn't fatal, but irritating. A solution might be using fewer font sizes/styles (or less different ones).

    Otherwise, good progress


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    Comment number 3.

    I endorse the first part of Hesiodos' comment #2.

    As for 'good progress', I am as yet far from sharing that sentiment. I believe you have underlying structural problems concerning the taxonomies of 'genre' and 'format'. I do not know if you have inherited these problems from the larger world of iPlayer or have created them.

    Changing subject:

    1 How many fields does iPlayer have for the description of an individual programme?

    2 What do you call those fields?

    3 Does iPlayer have access to the equivalent fields used in the Radio Times?


    P.S. It would be nice to have advance news, at least in outline mission, of the planned further revisions.

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    Comment number 4.


    One of the most important aspects of change management from the listeners point of view is acknowledging when things are for the better:

    so a HUGE THANKYOU to you and the team for the link on the Home page to the totality of the BBC Radio 4 output -

    best regards

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    Comment number 5.

    @Russ I will try to answer your questions but I'm going to have to identify a compliant techie to help me - and I can't promise they'll have straightforward answers to any of them either! Wish me luck!

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog


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