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Looking for April

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Mark Hutchings | 16:42 UK time, Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Teddy Bear on railings

Driving back from a meeting in Salford, I had a dilemma. How best to explain the likely repercussions of the Welsh draft budget to the 5live Breakfast audience. I stopped off at the Cardiff newsroom late at night to print off some material. Within minutes, I was reading the first copy on the disappearance of a little girl.

Her name and picture were already being tweeted, but the first official line was this -
"Dyfed Powys Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident in Machynlleth this evening where a five-year-old child has gone missing. Anyone with more information has been asked to contact the police."

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Launching the new 5 live homepage - and BBC iPlayer Radio

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Will Cooper Will Cooper | 14:03 UK time, Monday, 8 October 2012


BBC Radio 5 live has a brand new homepage.

We began testing the new look back in June as part of a wider BBC radio online project. Today we’ve launched this project as BBC iPlayer Radio. It sees all BBC radio networks switch to a common look and feel, as well as launch our first BBC radio smartphone app (freely available from the Apple store at launch, other mobile platforms to follow -  click here for more information).

While the new site may initially look very different to our former appearance, all the content you were previously able to access is still there – and hopefully easier to discover.

The top navigation allows you to search for 5 live programmes by category, via the schedule or with a search box, as well as links to our sister networks.

The ‘Favourites’ link lets you quickly access clips and programmes you have selected as your favourite if logged in using a BBC ID.

The middle part of the page is comprised of a series of tabs. The first - the landing page - is our live page, letting you listen and watch what’s on air right now. The second and third – Highlights and Latest Clips – provide a selection of our best moments as well as information about future programmes and events. The final tabs let you access clips and programmes based around a particular genre or subject matter: for example, during London 2012 it linked straight through to our Olympics Best Bits collection.

Clear links to our commentaries, downloads, blog and social media accounts are at the bottom of the page, along with the latest news and sport headlines.

This is a major launch for BBC radio, and has been in development for some time. You can read more about BBC iPlayer Radio in a blog post by Mark Friend, Controller of BBC Audio & Music Interactive. Likewise, Andrew Scott, the Head of the Radio & Music Product in BBC Future Media, has written a post on the BBC Internet blog about the technical side of the product.

I really encourage you to let us know what you think about the new look and the new app, and you can do so on the BBC Radio blog.

I look forward to hearing what you think.

- The desktop sites will roll out over of the course of Monday afternoon, and we anticipate the iPhone app will be available to download for free from the App Store by Tuesday morning.

- Follow @BBCiPlayerRadio on Twitter for the latest updates

- Read the press release for the BBC iPlayer Radio launch

- More details of the features of BBC iPlayer Radio on the BBC Internet blog

Will Cooper is interactive editor at BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

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