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Leigh Aspin Leigh Aspin 10:34, Monday, 30 March 2009


This is a short post to let you know that we're almost ready to relaunch the Radio 4 website and so you can expect the change to take place on Tuesday morning. Please bear with us on the day as we bed down the new site. There are bound to be some issues and things to get used to. A site like this is a huge undertaking but we are confident it will be deliver a much improved service.

Thanks again for the useful feedback we've received so far on this blog, the message board and via email. Once you've had a chance to get used to the new site, please let us know what you think, so that we can build on this foundation and improve the service for you.

Steve Bowbrick, editor, says: when the new site launches tomorrow, take a minute to tell the world what you think. Twitter using the hash tag #radio4, take photos of where you are when you see the new site and share them with the same tag, write a blog post or record a response. Follow Radio4blog on Twitter and we'll keep you up to date.


  • Comment number 1.

    We hope that you have a good day tomorrow, Leigh and the team! Just for Steve, I shall try and twitter, although I cannot promise a photo!


  • Comment number 2.

    I have linked to this blog post from the message board (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbradio4/F2766774?thread=6446777%29 and I suspect there will be quite a lot of feedback there as well as the places Steve mentioned.

    Also, sorry to get legalistic but can I remind you that one of the few things that the Creative Commons licence requires you to do (as well as crediting the author of course) is to link to the licence page:


    And when it's really easy to link to the exact page that the image came from (http://www.flickr.com/photos/holster/516432172/%29 I think that's best as well. For a classy example of how to do it clearly while still ticking all the boxes, please see the caption under the image in this Guardian blog post:


    That said, I'm looking forward to trying out the new Radio 4 website tomorrow :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Thanks for the CC tips, @andrew646. Fully implemented (I hope!). And thanks also for the message board link. Tell all your friends to tag all their reactions to the redesign #radio4 and we'll try to gather them all up and present them here. The Radio 4 blog's Twitter account is http://twitter.com/radio4blog - we'll retweet the most interesting reactions there too.

  • Comment number 4.

    Looks good so far.

    I note that currently the Matthew d'Ancona "Britishness" programme is showing in the "Choice of the day" but the link to the programme has "Availability:
    Sorry, this programme is not available to listen again".

    It's probably worth waiting until the programme can actually be listen to before having it as a "choice of the day".

  • Comment number 5.

    Terrible !

    Oh I know you'll think I'm a dullard but I really can't see why everything has to be in that same wishy-washy look as Microsoft's Vista ?

    Even eBay has gone along the same lines as the BBC with the same light, pastel colour tones which are much harder to read as one gets older.

    Also, the links to get anywhere seem to be that much deeper.

    Yes - by all means look to make improvements but as a contented user of many years, I no longer see the merit of making Radio 4 my Home Page anymore !

  • Comment number 6.

    Horrible. Too many pictures rather than straightforward information. That revolting picture of Arthur Smith which confronted me when I went to the site today was enough to put anyone off. The home page contains very little text and what there is is widely spread out s o t h a t i t c a n b e r e a d b y f i v e - y e a r - o l d s w i t h a s h o r t a t t e n t i o n s p a n. The whole thing looks thoroughly unintelligent. Radio Four is supposed to be (reasonably) intelligent (but I often wonder). And the first past programme I tried to access brought up the message that it was unavailable "at this time". A bit more time spent on getting the technicalities right rather than on revamping an ok site into something for the teeny weenies wouldn't come amiss.

  • Comment number 7.

    Greetings to Leigh! This is kleines c. I should just like to report that the new Radio 4 website has been judged a success:


    Of course, users always object to change, but in my opinion, you have done an excellent job. Thank you. Cheers (afternoon tea)!


  • Comment number 8.

    This new website for R4 is an absolute disaster. More difficult, longer to download, no links between genres - an unmitigated failure. What happened to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it?"

    EG. I used to be able to listen to The Now Show on Fridays, shortly after it was broadcast. Now, I cant. I post on Sunday - and it's STILL not available.

    EG. I finally managed to catch In Our Time - advertised on this new travesty as lasting 28 mins! Nuffsed!

    EG. I used to be able to click from mainpage to (say) News - and click straight through to (say) A point of view. Now.... aw hell... where is the damn programme?

    Not one orchid to BBC for this catastrophe - not even a damned wayside daisy!

  • Comment number 9.

    I just love the new website. I liked the old one, in which one was expected to make an effort to find what one wanted - but then you have to make an effort to engage with the ideas on Radio 4 anyway. But this one seems to have taken its cue from the Iphone, which is exactly what it should have done. Thank you BBC.

  • Comment number 10.

    I'm an old man, easily confused. The one delight of my Somerset-Maugham Outstation existence was to simply access the Long Wave, radio drama after a long day in the rubber trees. Now it eludes me.
    What to do?
    Ancient Mariner


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