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The team that brought you the new Radio 4 web site

Tuesday 31 March 2009, 14:41

Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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Many people contributed to today's launch of the redesigned Radio 4 web site, some over several years - not least Leigh Aspin and his Radio 4 interactive team and the many engineers from the various BBC technology departments who dreamt up and then built the fantastically useful catalogue of BBC programmes.

We'll try to acknowledge more of these people here as the new look beds in and as we get used to the new features. In the meantime, the slideshow shows the site's designers and 'client side developers' from BBC Audio & Music interactive - led by Suzy McKeever - and Leigh Aspin's team from Radio 4 Interactive, whose job it is to look after the site now that it's live.

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    Comment number 1.

    Haven't had time to fully investigate the new web site but appreciate the efforts. However, I'm looking at it using IE7 and quite a lot of the type hangs over the images, ie "Welcome to the Radio 4 website" and some of the text is hidden in Choice of the Day.

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    Comment number 2.

    Sorry to be a wet blanket, but I didn't have any problems navigating the old site and I don't see any significant difference in the new site. Maybe it is because I don't use podcasts (and actually don't know what they are) since I listen to the radio on my pc.

    My problem is that since I listen to R4 in Canada, I rely on the Listen Again feature and that has not been working well for weeks now. Maybe you've all been busy setting up the new site. It still seems to be taking as much as 10 hours to make the Listen Again available after a programme has aired. It would be nice if this could be fixed.

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    Comment number 3.

    Yes, an attractive website! It's a pity, though, that one is invited to "take a tour explaining......", an invitation which can grammatically mean only something rather improbable, namely that the person invited does the explaining.
    Yours,
    Emlin1944

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    Comment number 4.

    I almost fell off my chair when I realised the old Radio 4 site was gone.

    Please, please bring back the feature of the old site that lists recommended "best" programmes for the last 4 or 5 days.

    Or even better, bring back the old web site. It was neat, with no need to scroll down.

    To finish on a brighter note: The BBC is still miles better than any other broadcaster I know.

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    Comment number 5.

    A definite retrograde step for Radio 4. Let’s compare the archive:

    Old page from Frontiers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/frontiers_20081124.shtml

    New page:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fkyfq

    Less information, no extended “Listen Again”

    Please explain how this can possibly be construed as an improvement.

 

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