The BBC News website won two Webby awards last week – best news site and the People's Voice award in the same category.
Firstly I want to thank everyone who voted for us for the People's Voice award - it's great to know you appreciate what we do. The main Webby award winners are chosen by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, whose website says: "To be selected among the best is an incredible achievement worthy of praise -- and perhaps a little bragging." So here goes.
It's the third year that we have won both awards, which is a major tribute to the journalists, developers and designers who make the site what it is.
Over the past year we’ve brought in some new things – introducing personalisation of local news, weather and sport, making video easier to find, adding the "most popular now" pages and introducing this blog, among others.
The range and quality of the BBC's journalism underpins what we do, and finding new ways of presenting it on the site, as the tools of our trade get updated and reinvented (last week's election maps and results, for example), is one of the best things about being in online news.
We've got some exciting plans for the coming year which I can’t share in huge detail yet, but will include further developing video on the site, pulling together key editorial content more readily for big issues and stories, and raising the profile on the site of some of the key BBC News programmes. That’s a few of the things we’re working on – what else would you like to see?