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Leigh Aspin, head of Radio 4 Interactive, has been reading your feedback here on the blog and he's preparing a follow-up post (his fourth on the topic) to address the main points in the next few days. In the meantime, here's my rough-and-ready analysis of the feedback so far (based on the comments left on the two most recent blog posts about the redesign up till about lunchtime today).

Although the redesign has been a huge enterprise for all involved - and the first redesign in six or seven years - a web site is never finished. So we still need your thoughts and opinions on the new site as it evolves and the blog will be our primary way of keeping you informed about new ideas and changes to the site.

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  • Comment number 281. Posted by pause111

    on 13 May 2009 20:16

    Just to say ditto, ditto, ditto to 275 and 276 bushy-tailedhattie and professormay - my feelings exactly - horrible big picture and dumbed-down content and style - and nothing will be changed because the users (licence fee payers) are powerless.

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  • Comment number 280. Posted by 3Dots

    on 13 May 2009 11:47

    "ooergosh wrote:
    WHY should the big pictures be here to stay when nearly everyone clearly hates them and finds them a waste of space?"

    Because 'they' have qualifications in design and web design, media studies, have been on courses to 'know' what the customer wants...we are just the licence fee payers and the people who are involved only because of that.

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  • Comment number 279. Posted by ooergosh

    on 12 May 2009 11:22

    WHY should the big pictures be here to stay when nearly everyone clearly hates them and finds them a waste of space? There's certainly no good reason.
    I too listen to far less i-player than I used to - the suggestions list for the previous week on the old website was a constant source of delight and surprise. On the new site, all I can see is the tops of about four pictures.

    Surely your programmers must know that, on the whole, people don't scroll down very far, if at all. We need to be able to see our radio 4 at a glance. It doesn't really feel like "ours" any more.

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  • Comment number 278. Posted by MayorOfTrumpton

    on 12 May 2009 11:10

    Hello Mr B, what's happened to the Entertainment & Comedy home page? It shows there are no progs currently available. I have to go via the Comedy genre on the main home page to find them. What's up? Thanks.

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  • Comment number 277. Posted by HardlOfHearing

    on 12 May 2009 10:08

    If you don't like the pictures, you can turn your "images off" in whatever browser you use. Or you could just learn to ignore them and/or use them to simply find the show you want and get on with listening rather than looking.

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  • Comment number 276. Posted by professormay

    on 11 May 2009 16:56

    'The pictures are here to stay.' Great. Glad the design team is happy. This is my last visit to the site; I'll use the main BBC radio homepage until you decide to ruin that as well.

    A reminder: R4's slogan is 'Intelligent Speech.' You don't get it, and you have no respect for R4 listeners.

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  • Comment number 275. Posted by bushy-tailedhattie

    on 10 May 2009 21:34

    Thank you for your reply Mr Bowbrick. I am aware of the changes that have been made but I am afraid I still hate the big pictures and the general dumbing down of the new website and nothing is going to change my mind about that. Consequently I shall not be using the new Radio 4 website any more, I now use the main Radio homepage to listen again and shall continue to do so. Please don't fill that with big pictures too. A sad day for me.

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  • Comment number 274. Posted by Steve Bowbrick

    on 10 May 2009 20:03

    @bushy-tailedhattie What do you think of the changes made since the relaunch, many in response to feedback here? This post from me and this one from Leigh list several quite important changes that I think we can claim credit for here on the blog. I know the big pictures haven't gone away (I'll be honest, I think they're here to stay) but several other big issues have been directly addressed. Which ones are still getting on your nerves?

    @BoldRodent There are some fairly useful usage stats linked from the BBC Radio homepage. They're not as detailed as the RAJARs and the period after the redesign isn't shown yet but bookmark the page and come back in a week or two for the April numbers - should be interesting.

    @MissLittlePumpkin The post you're looking for is here.

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog

  • Comment number 273. Posted by MissLittlePumpkin

    on 9 May 2009 19:17

    What happened to the feedback from all the listeners -
    on Blog of Leigh Aspin - The new web site: one week on
    (with around 212 commentaries)???

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  • Comment number 272. Posted by BoldRodent

    on 9 May 2009 10:04

    I notice Mr Damazer has posted in happy terms about the RAJAR listening figures; still no sign of user stats for the website. Cover-Up?

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