New editor for mobile and tablets

BBC responsive site

Since the start of the year, our mobile and tablet audience has regularly outnumbered those of you visiting BBC News Online on desktop, so the timing is right to increase our editorial focus significantly on these platforms. To do this, I have appointed Nathalie Malinarich to the new role of Editor, Mobile and New Formats.

The role will help us meet the needs of our rapidly growing mobile audience. We've averaged 53.2 million weekly global browsers across January and February this year. I've talked before on this blog about the efforts we've made to provide the best possible service on mobile, so it's great to see that in this time, half of our global browsers have been on a mobile or tablet and at weekends this figure grows to 60%,.

Nathalie, who was previously the World Editor of News Online, has been working successfully on our mobile platforms for the past few months, helping us to sharpen our understanding of what works best as BBC News Online goes through a number of changes. Last week I wrote about the work under way on a new responsive tablet and desktop site which will mean changes to the existing desktop site. It is designed to be simpler than our existing desktop site and, of course, optimised for different screen sizes.

You can give us feedback on the responsive site by completing this survey. And you can find out more on the responsive site as it takes shape.



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    Comment number 18.

    Just clicked on ´completing this survey´

    What is this nonsense ?

    NO possibility to say that I NEVER USE TABLET OR MOBILE PHONE !

    --I must give ´half truth´ information to complete the survey ?

    --and my age ?

    --only desktop !

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    Comment number 17.


    The possibility for ALL contributors to see the contribution history of others --should be re-instated.

    It assists argumentation and link finding.

    -- It also makes it more difficult for contributors to claim memory lapse with contradictory arguments.

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    Comment number 16.

    International contributors

    HINT --dis-enable Javescript, Do not allow Jave plug-ins, remove all Cookies, empty Cache before signing-in.

    Keep to 10 minutes rule, only re-load page and only use page numbers at bottom of page --Not ´See Comments´, DO NOT RATE

    --and ´DO NOT remember me on this computer´

    Good luck

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    Comment number 15.

    Be serious, you don't really expect any fair play from the BBC, do you?

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    Comment number 14.


    --`Can only see 5 comments --back to Dis-Enable Javascript !

    -and operate with 2 windows.


    #9 Jaunty

    Is it not the duty of the bbc to get value for money and that only those who pay for it get the service?"

    -- You want to charge for your own propaganda while others deliver theirs to you for free-- on countless websites ?

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    Comment number 13.

    For more than 6 weeks, international contributors have been having problems contributing.

    With not even an apology on all blogs or tips how to get around some of the problems.

    It has been a TOTAL screw-up --and still is !

    --Having ´all to loose -and only more of the same to win´

    --the accusation of ´Animal (BBC) Farm´-- with some more equal than others -- appears justified

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    Comment number 12.

    Britain used to have a lot of respect for USA and the world
    in which they cared about what we had to say

    But now the blogs have changed in which international contributers are basically being blocked

    I think the BBC blogs have went down because America is going down
    in which freedom of speech and democracy is going down with us too

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    Comment number 11.

    Whatever has happened this last month in regards to the BBC website blogs has been a real bummer

    For years international contributers have been able to write freely and discuss what is happening in the world with the British

    But today we are no longer able to do that

    Is it because BBC wants Britain to be like China?

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    Comment number 10.

    I think the line of the BBC being a public broadcaster opposed to a media outlet is no longer blurred as they have no shareholders so all income can be invested in improving their systems only question is how was a public broadcaster of tv&radio allowed to grow into this media giant

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    Comment number 9.

    put it behind a licence fee login wall.

    People have been forced to paid for this to be put online even if they have NO computer up yet many others get it for free. Is it not the duty of the bbc to get value for money and that only those who pay for it get the service? You could easily have a a micro payments service.

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

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    Comment number 7.

    ´Animal (BBC) Farm´?

    --some are more equal than others ?

    I can ´sign -in´NORMALLY to this EDITORS BLOG but not to others.

    The EDITOR appears to be ´ abandoning the sinking ship´ on his own private life raft ?

    --that is still functioning --only for his DESKTOP ?

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    Comment number 6.

    Test !

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    Comment number 5.

    So desktop users have a possible Cyber Death at some disputed barricade ?

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    Comment number 4.

    #2 Continued

    -and --DO NOT ´remember me on this computer´

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    Comment number 3.

    Lucy J

    Nice to hear from you -- WHAT ARE YOU USING ?

    How do you ´sign-in´?

    We should attempt to pass the ´news´around (this link)--and hope those who have given up --return.

    Have been told problems will be resolved in 3 weeks -- but this article may be more correct ?

    -- and not even an official apology on the other blogs !

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    Comment number 2.

    The past few weeks have been a CATASTROPHE for International (Desktop ?) contributors.

    --many have just given up attempting to contribute.

    HINT --dis-enable Javescript, Do not allow Jave plug-ins, remove all Cookies, empty Cache before signing-in.

    Keep to 10 minutes rule, only re-load page and only use page numbers at bottom of page --Not ´See Comments.´

    Good luck!

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    Comment number 1.

    Oaktree: International users experiencing problems

    BBC apparently wants people with ipads and smartphones to blog on their website
    as opposed to 'old-fashioned people' with computers?

    I am definitely not in favor of the changes
    but I rember when we used to have unlimited blogs
    which changed to limited blogs like tweets
    and now its being reduced to not being able to blog at all


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