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The new Radio 4 web site

Tuesday 31 March 2009, 11:44

Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

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The Radio 4 website was in need of an overhaul and today - after a lot of work and audience research - comes a new one. The disappearing site was rather cluttered and things were often difficult to find. Under the surface the edifice was kept together by increasingly frayed technology. So I hope you find the new one easier to use, that you use it more often and that you can find what you want more quickly.

There's one new feature in particular which I hope you will find rewarding - the topical subjects area on our new homepage. You can choose one of the individual subjects/topics listed - then click and you will be linked to current R4 material on that subject (Try Barack Obama or Recession). Similar links will appear on many of our new programme pages. At the moment we can't do that with as many subjects as we'd like - but we intend to build on what we have and add many more . Doubtless there will be some problems - but we will iron them out. But for the time being - enjoy it and I know that R4's interactive team would welcome constructive feedback.

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    Comment number 1.

    It's generally great, much better than the old site, which does seem to make reappearances at times, such as http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/

    I'm having problems with the "Choice of the day" box in Chrome 2.0, sometimes it displays correctly, others it appears broken into three parts.

    Also in the Choice of the day, programmes are listed that can't be listen to yet (such as "Britishness"), surely this box should take you to things to actually listen to?

    Also getting "[an error occurred while processing this directive]" on the odd page, such as http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jb1sp

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    Comment number 2.

    I think you could do with pushing the new css out as I'm getting lots of layout issues until I refresh

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    Comment number 3.

    In general: thumbs up! Much nicer than the old site was.

    But: I have to scroll up and down more than I used to (without scrolling I can see only as far as the 'Choice of the Day' title), and I liked being able to see a week's worth of 'Choice of the Day' without having to scroll through the days.

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    Comment number 4.

    Much, much better look and feel. Though, like others I am also having problems with the "Choice of the Day". It's not displaying correctly on my Mac, using Safari.

    Screenshot here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markaw/3400817051/

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    Comment number 5.

    I think the new site is looking fantastic.
    Really nice design, strikes me as really clear and user-friendly; a huge improvement on the old site - even if the shock of it is momentarily disconcerting. Who did the design work?

    Anna in Edinburgh

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    Comment number 6.

    #4 That's exactly what I get with Chrome 2.0 on XP.

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    Comment number 7.

    I'd like to see a listen live button for Radio4LW (long wave) on the website, or have this included in the "live radio" section of the iPlayer; the world service 24 hour news channel should also be included in the iPlayer instead of having to search for this on a seperate website.

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    Comment number 8.

    I live outside the UK and enjoy listening to programmes. I understand that some of the programmes are restricted by copyright and are therefore not available on iPlayer. Please would you mark these programmes somehow so I can be sure to listen to them live. I've been disappointed a few times recently when I've tried to listen to something and it's not available.

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    Comment number 9.

    Will you ever stop tiddling things about? It runs very slowly and I can't get things to play!

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    Comment number 10.


    The hierarchy looks good to me, clean and should be easy to find the programmes I like. The promotes selected upcoming programmes well. I hope this is helpful:

    I would like to see a live radio 4 link from the Radio 4 blog page back to to the Radio 4 home page, the logo refers right back to this page right now.

    Still a glitch or two for me in Safari, with text in Find a Progamme by Genre out of alignment. I'm also seeing the header for The unbelievable Truth running over the Radio 4 logo and link, which works as a back button and is only a bit visually confusing.

    A reload problem in Choice of the Day, loading unreliably.


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    Comment number 11.

    Really like.

    Same issue in Chrome re 'Choice of the Day'

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    Comment number 12.

    Sorry to go against the grain. I think it is vile. The old one was clear and easy to use. This one is not. I don't want lots of information just a simple one or two click process to get to what I want. It has taken me hours to even find somewhere to complain about it!

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    Comment number 13.

    where's the listen live button gone? it used to be right there...

    I'm sure I'll like it when I've got used to it...but haven't you heard all the complaints about new facebooks? Too much innovation all at once...

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    Comment number 14.

    Well in general I like but what I dont it is that you move things that I thought were important such as listen live button or message board.

    I was looking "messageboard" up down, up down until at last I discovered at the bottom of the page with small letters.
    is Message board not important for you?
    I thought dialogue and comentaries were for you !! (I aclare, message boards not blogs).

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    Comment number 15.

    The new website is appalling, difficult to use and where is the listen again facility? If this is meant to "replace the old cluttered site" then you have produced one of the most cluttered sites I've ever seen. Abysmal - please bring back the old site.

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    Comment number 16.

    Why the obsession with "most popular" programmes? Put as much as you can cram on the page and let me decide what I want to listen to.

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    Comment number 17.

    In general the info architecture is pretty good. However there's far too much blow the scroll line. I think that you can afford to be much more dense with the information as this is a predominantly repeat use site. Smaller fonts and loose the big Welcome panel...

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    Comment number 18.

    I am (trying to!) listen in S Africa - the new page is very slow to load and doesn't appear complete.

    I can't believe that it doesn't actually tell you what is currently playing by the Listen Live button??? Nor what is coming next as on the old site. I sincerely hope that this is a problem of incomplete download - rather than intentional??

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    Comment number 19.

    I can't see a working link to the main radio page - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/

    Is there one?

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    Comment number 20.

    On the old site you could see from the initial list of podcasts whether there was any current content under that programme heading ("none" was shown). On ther new site you have to click on the listed programme before you are made aware of whether there is a podcast available. Surely a backward step. In any case why is a programme listed in the podcasts at all when there is no current content?

 

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