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Giles Wilson Giles Wilson | 17:03 UK time, Friday, 9 December 2011

I'm delighted to tell followers of our new-style blogs (Nick Robinson, Robert Peston, Mark Mardell and co) that full RSS feeds are available again.

BBC correspondents

When we launched the new pages, I said it had been an unintended consequence of our changes that we were no longer making full feeds available. We recognised that significant numbers of people use RSS readers - particularly those who read a lot of blogs - and we hope the development will be welcome.

I should also note that following feedback to the earlier post, we also changed the way comments are displayed by default on correspondent pages. Unlike news stories - where the first visible comments are those most recently added - the default on correspondents' posts is chronological order, oldest first.

We've also started including correspondents' tweets on their pages. An example is my colleague Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent, who was recently tweeting from the Old Bailey and from outside St Paul's Cathedral among other places. The growth of web-based short-form journalism, seen also in our Live Pages, is fascinating and is one of the ways in which our blogging is kept fresh.

Giles Wilson is the features editor of the BBC News website.


  • Comment number 1.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 2.

    If I wanted the opinions of people who think like this, I would go to the Guardian. I do not pay my licence fee to get soft Left metropolitan discourse, and I object to your correspondents spending time that I am coerced into paying for in blogging their opinions. Please stick to reporting the News - all of it - without opinion, spin, group-think, redaction or spin.

  • Comment number 3.

    BBC News cannot come up with more pertinent stories than one on the chances of getting a double yolk egg? This and other recent stories of the same outstanding banality seem to be increasing. A disappointment. C Holtzer

  • Comment number 4.

    The default on correspondents' posts is chronological order, oldest first. Being Canadian I'm pretty well always buried among the newer comments because my comments are newer, but that's okay. Someone has to be firs and someone last.
    We've also started including correspondents' tweets on their pages. Good, I'm not a tweeter but I do have an interest in what everyone has to say.
    Thanks mostly for keeping your audience up-to-date.

  • Comment number 5.

    'We've also started including correspondents' tweets on their pages.'

    Is it possible to clarify the BBC's editorial guideline position on these?

    It's just that it's not proving too easy to ascertain what content of our objective national broadcaster that gets to the pages/screens via this medium is impartial reporting vs. blatant tribal opinion. Or without sensible managerial oversight or censure if needed.

    Such as this does not reassure:

    Given the evidence of one's own eyes (and others ), this plea seems to have gone relatively unheeded.


    There appears a 'try to tell, but if ignored don't ask any more' policy.

    For the largest, most trusted 'news' outfit in the world, that seems regrettably loose, at best.

    Maybe it''s different with multi-hundred k senior execs of multi-national media monopolies, but I'm not sure in my more modest media empire, one of the head honchos asking if they'd make nice and at least look like they are behaving would cut it.


  • Comment number 6.

    3. "This and other recent stories of the same outstanding banality seem to be increasing."

    proper gander in overdrive.

  • Comment number 7.

    Any comment on why comments are not allowed on Brian Taylor's and Douglas Frasers Blogs?

  • Comment number 8.

    I'd be more impressed if you actually started reporting news - and without bias. You're reporting on the Euro discussions is particularity disgraceful. Stop messing about with tech toys, and get back to what you are paid to do by license fee payers: report the news without bias!

  • Comment number 9.

    I'd be interested in knowing which of the team came up with the utterly digraceful article "Clegg attacks Cameron over EU Veto"? There isn't a single fact in it to support the ludicrous and OTT headline, just a load of second hand gossip.

  • Comment number 10.

    '9. At 08:29 11th Dec 2011, Zinedine Zidane - that's how I'd like to retire from my work too!

    Probably the same 'team' that 'run' the Newsnight blog, where they first off stealth edit the blog intro after folk have started commenting, and then 'refer' (censor) you if you ask what the heck is going on.

    Interesting times.

  • Comment number 11.

    '6. At 18:48 10th Dec 2011, TV_As_Eyes

    There's always Newswatch.

    But they seem more keen on asking for views than actually offering any tangible answers (note how the riots critique is posed, but then laughed off).

    A bit like other places one could mention?

  • Comment number 12.

    9. At 08:29 11th Dec 2011, Zinedine Zidane -
    I'd be interested in knowing which of the team came up with the utterly digraceful article "Clegg attacks Cameron over EU Veto"?

    Of possible further interest, we seem in the last few hours to have seen a headline downgrade from an 'attack' to a 'warning'.

    These evolving editorial stances are hard to keep track of.

    Some might say, to a rather excessive degree.

    And if stretching accuracy or veracity beyond reasonable parameters, maybe there should surely be consequences?

  • Comment number 13.

    Very welcome news and thank you for listening to us!

  • Comment number 14.

    It would be nice if you could drop the censorship and allow posts
    on the Scottish political and busines sites again.
    It is really disturbing that the Scottish sites have been gagged !

  • Comment number 15.

    I am disgusted that the Scottish political and business sites have been censored. I never actually posted a blog but enjoyed reading the comments. Why are the Scots being discrimated by the BBC?

  • Comment number 16.

    Wot 'e sed...

    'While you're at it sort out the Twitter hoohah, if the twitter is your reporters personal opinion WHY is it all over your news pages?

  • Comment number 17.

    The BBC reporting of the results of Camerons meeting with other EU leaders is some of the most biased reporting I have seen from the BBC.
    Reporter after reporter lined up to present it as " Bad news for Britain" ignoring public opinion.Even when interviews took place with either Cameron or members of the government or the Tory party the interviews were aggressive and often allowed the opposition parties to speak first putting over their views before the Tories were asked theirs
    Then the BBC wheeled out all the usual pro EU and Euro suspects such as Hesseltine who if he had his way would have taken us into the Euro when it was launched and other failed Euro supporters.
    Even yesterday's report to parliament the BBC was once again trying to convey that this was bad for Britain after hearing Camerons explanation.Even when Douglas Alexander gave his interview as Milliband didnt want to face the cameras he was allowed free reign without being challenged about what the Labour Party would have done.
    If the BBC is to be taken seriously on these type of important matters they need to curb the enthusiam of their left wing correspondents and try for once to get a balanced approach to the subject otherwise all go and work for the Guardian and the Mirror and get in some journalists who can report the news fairly and properly.

  • Comment number 18.

    Why am I able to comment on Europe but not able to comment on Scottish politics on The BBC Scotland news/politics website ?

  • Comment number 19.

    Giles, thanks for this. When the design had changed I was quite disappointed that I could not access the full feeds. Certainly was not thrilled with the new design actually.. still think the number of comments displayed per post are too few to allow for a decent 'conversation' from commentators with each other and the post author though.

    Just read an article linked to from another BBC post on news site design.. sounds like the latest updates are following the key points in those suggestions including integrating social media through twitter and giving access to the full RSS feeds - would definitely be much appreciated if BBC would allow feed subscriptions by email - any chance of that happening?


  • Comment number 20.

    17.At 16:28 13th Dec 2011, malcolm hill wrote:
    The BBC reporting of the results of Camerons meeting with other EU leaders is some of the most biased reporting I have seen from the BBC....

    I have to agree. The BBC took an immediate 'anti-government' line, probably before they had any idea what had actually happened. It came over as total gloom and doom, in what is a nuanced and far from simple situation. The schoolboy oversimplification of the BBC's coverage was disgraceful, and only matched by some external commentators with axes to grind.
    While I realise that to some extent all sides of a news story may claim bias, in the case of the Euro meeting reporting it has seemed particularly bad.
    I think a problem is that some correspondents (Nick Robinson is a clear leader here) think they are here to entertain, to dish out bits of gossip and to build up to a vaguely witty end quote. Please get down to some more well-researched and properly balanced reporting, and forget your adoring fans - or transfer to the stage!
    This topic is much too serious to be treated like a Christmas pantomime, as Robinson appears to do. How about starting out by giving the benefit of the doubt to the Government - perhaps they are not a bunch of idiots and all the BBC reporters savants?
    I'm also wondering if reporters fear they will be bullied/decried by their fellows if they dare to report positively about the Government!

  • Comment number 21.

    On controversial issues, the BBC appears to enthusiastically engage in 'Perception Management' (currently, commonly known as 'spin') - particularly eg. on the subject of climate-change, anthropic global warming and carbon emissions, where all three major political parties in Westminster claim to be 'the most green' whilst agreeing to continue funding our daily dose of environmental propaganda which is inserted ad nauseam into the most interesting Natural History programmes appearing on our TV screens.

    The voters therefore have no democratic political choice on such subjects and the much-vaunted BBC policy of 'Balanced View' is being discarded in favour of a one-sided debate.

  • Comment number 22.

    IMHO some of the political interviews and discussions are not only highly entertaining but also informative. Don't knock it folks!

  • Comment number 23.

    '22. At 18:42 14th Dec 2011, waterntor wrote:
    IMHO some of the political interviews and discussions are not only highly entertaining but also informative. Don't knock it folks!'

    While the humble opinions in political interviews can indeed be entertaining, the informative aspects tend to depend on what is asked or not. And the responses gleaned.

    It seems odd to apply the notion of not knocking things (the status quo?) here on the blog, whilst one presumes that attitude would not be viewed as healthy if adopted by interviewers.

    A little unfair to apply one set of standards to those challenging the BBC on one of its few outlets of interactivity, when I am pretty sure they would not be expected to be held to such in their own professional dealings.

  • Comment number 24.

    Your reports on the European summit were the most biased things I've ever seen on BBC News, it was very much out of kilter with ITV and Sky News reports which seemed far more balanced. And the constant pushing of this 'isolated' line made your reporters sound like they were reading a Labour press release. We are forced to pay a license fee for your services, try and remember that you are there for the whole country, not just the 300,000 who read the guardian.

  • Comment number 25.

    Giles, please can i ask why it is possible to post comments on the UK politics page (Nick Robinson) and the Welsh politics page, but not the Scottish politics page. What is the thinking behind this and what possible justification can there be for this?

  • Comment number 26.

    Is this technical change the reason why I can't contribute to political bloggs north of the border i.e. SCOTLAND?

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi, just buzzing by, BBC overall has become a propaganda machine that Goebbels would have been proud off the moment any seems to make a negative statement especially regarding their US coverage you comments disappear, comments are closed etc . I grew up in Europe with a healthy respect for the BBC but they have become a flag in the wind witch happens to blow from the left no matter what side of the pole you are on.

  • Comment number 28.

    Quick question. When a blog thread heads for 200, and not in a good way, is there an alert gets tripped to get it closed PDQ?

    Though, in some cases, it can happen earlier... and loooong ago...

    25. On the 9th. Really? Nothing 'economic' worth discussing since?

  • Comment number 29.

  • Comment number 30.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 31.

    Giles this is definitely a welcome change thank you - with the trend toward consolidating content through readers etc full RSS feeds are a must. One question though - with the increasing importance of social media in newsrooms, is there any possibility of integrating BBC reporter twitter feeds, for example, with the RSS streams? It would be great for readers and followers to get all their relevant news feeds in one place.. not sure how difficult it would be to do this technically or even whether it would be possible.

  • Comment number 32.

    Like others who have already asked the question, which bizarrely remains unanswered, I'm interested to know why comments are not allowed on either Brian Taylor of Douglas Fraser's blogs on BBC Scotland? Is it simply because the BBC by its very being, serves only Britain and will do all it can to defeat any political movement which challenges it?

  • Comment number 33.

    '32. At 13:53 27th Dec 2011, Ewanmax'

    A quick review of most, if not all, Editors who use this blog will show that they see it more as an extra mechanism for broadcast alone.

    They don't, as such, 'do' answers.

    That way, it makes listening to and taking on board 'our' views in giving 'us' what 'we' are thinking a lot easier. Apparently.

  • Comment number 34.

    As most BBC Editors' contributions dried up a while ago, even on twitter, for the school hols, being that the world still produces 'news' and we seem to be surviving on how it has been portrayed while they are gone, I am given to wonder what function all these folk actually serve.

    As their 'analysis' appears merely highly partisan 'edits' of 'what they think is', maybe it is not news at all?

  • Comment number 35.

    I very humbly rrequest BBC to show to the world the total lossses of lives in Iraq war:-
    More than 4,000 US soldiers were killed and tens of thousands more injured after nearly nine years of war in Iraq. But the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the conflict is much higher.

    There are no official statistics – but according to the latest estimates, more than a hundred thousand innocent Iraqis were killed during and after the US-led invasion of 2003. Some estimates even put that number at a million.

  • Comment number 36.

    The media studies department at Tsinghua University (清华大学) in Beijing have researched BBC censorship practices over last 12 months and will publish surprising findings that show:
    - lack of independence
    - infringements of free speech
    - government propaganda

  • Comment number 37.

    '36. At 18:44 5th Jan 2012, Maximus Hastings

    Funny thing is, and ironically, who might I trust more in a 'it's true/not true, because we say it is/isn't, have commissioned a poll' duel between these two august bodies?

    But then, here at least, I have never been asked. Told a lot. Never asked.

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