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Newsbeat gets a new look

Rod McKenzie Rod McKenzie | 09:08 UK time, Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Newsbeat has taken a bold new step into the interactive world with the launch of our new website. I'd love to hear what you think of it.

Radio 1 logoWe're not trying to replicate other BBC news websites: There is more emphasis on music news with our lead story on Klaxons at the Brits, a piece about a possible sunbed ban for Scottish under-18s and some great video content shot by our maestro Andy Brownstone who's shot and produced 30 films for the site.

It's all about visualising our journalism. Video and pictures are the biggest themes to emerge so far. With more and more people listening to the radio over the internet, people will be able to see and interact with our stories in a way they've never done before.

I think we're on the verge of radically changing the way Newsbeat does business. It's not about radio anymore, it's about relevant content being available in lots of different ways (web, mobiles etc) and at last we have the tools for the job. And yes, there is a surprising picture of Lindsay Lohan...


  • 1.
  • At 12:59 PM on 22 Jan 2008,
  • Dickon Hooper wrote:

I like the style and look of the site - and if it creates a niche site, then great. But you are already replicating content from the BBC News pages (Amy Winehouse lead on Tuesday) or they are replicating it from you....this is hardly value for money in times when we are all supposed to be multi-tasking....

Coverage of music stories, as opposed to celebrity dross and gossip (yes, there IS a difference) would be a major improvement. However I do hope this doesn't mean that you're going to use Newsbeat as a means of lecturing R1 listeners about drinking, obesity, climate change etc and to force-feed them the BBC/Government agenda in the way that Newsround has become a propaganda machine with which to influence the nation's school children into the 'correct' way of thinking.

  • 3.
  • At 02:58 PM on 22 Jan 2008,
  • Ian wrote:

Is a surprising picture of Lindsay Lohan news?

And why do Newsbeat editors and presenters seem to assume the audience have an attention span of three seconds, and an inability to understand anything if not explained in words of one syllable?

Please ban the phrase "it's come out that ...". Is Newsbeat written in the school playground?

Just take a bite out of Radio 4 News, properly written and read, then on with the music.

And listen back to Edith's discussion on celebrity today and discover where your audience actually want to focus.

  • 4.
  • At 05:59 PM on 22 Jan 2008,
  • Sebastian G. wrote:

I quite like the new newsbeat-page. but what I miss is the news-webcam and reporter-profiles. or are they just hidden anywhere?

  • 5.
  • At 12:27 AM on 23 Jan 2008,
  • Tony wrote:

I think it is great. Radio 1 doesn't stress its BBC link enough. Your listeners are the licence payers of the future so they need to be reminded you are part of the BBC just as much as Today or the Ten O'Clock News are.

Celebrities won't read about me, so I'm not going to your new newsbeat website to read about them!

  • 7.
  • At 09:35 AM on 25 Jan 2008,
  • Toners Bruxtin wrote:

Ignoring global warming in Newsbeat would be so utterly off beat. Hey Rich (post number 2) i don't want my planet to die just because you don't like bad news. And no i dont work for the BBC or the present government or the wannabe government that you would prefer. If you don't want news censor yourself not me.

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