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Dave Lee | 20:13 UK time, Monday, 9 March 2009

We told you about the new Formula 1 site a few days ago, and now you can enjoy it in all its glory.

F1Fanatic.co.uk seems fairly impressed. From the comments:

Looks like a good start - a reasonable level and spread of content to start with. Hopefully they'll keep adding plenty of content in the run up to the season."

On the BBC Sport Editors Blog, F1 editor Mark Wilkin explains everything race fans can look forward to over the coming season, as well as some of the difficulties they're already facing:

There won't be a studio (we are not allowed to put one anywhere decent, or with a view of the track, for example) so we will present from the paddock, the pit lane or anywhere that is interesting and makes sense.

There's some healthy debate going on over on the dot.life blog over whether the BBC is reporting too much about Twitter. One commenter says:

Sorry, do the technology blog team work in journalism for the BBC or advertising for Twitter? Seriously, it's embarrassing to read."

BBC News Technology editor Darren Waters responds with:

Are we talking about Twitter too much? Well, I've read your comments. Message received.
One small point.
Feel free to do a Google site search and see how many times Twitter has been mentioned in the Guardian, NYTimes, Times Online and BBC News.
To save you the trouble: 1,700, 9,800, 4,100 and 450.
Read into that what you will."

A while ago we told you about the Nature's Great Events minisite. But did you also know there's a great YouTube channel too? Clips are available in stunning high-definition -- including this web-only footage of a beautiful bear drying himself off:

The BBC and the British Film Institute have announced plans to open up their archives.

On offer could be content such as old films, documentaries and other documents charting the rise of the audiovisual industry in the UK.
Roly Keating, director of Archive Content at the BBC said: "The archives of the BBC and the BFI are a great national resource, with huge potential public value."

Rowan Kerek, host of the Points of View message boards (the subject of much heated conversation on the Internet blog) started a thread on the boards last week. The topic? Well... "The mighty topic of off topic!"

BBC man James Cridland has been blogging his thoughts on the 'Multimedia Meets Radio' conference in Prague. Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here. From part two:

Brett showed off the visualised radio trial we ran earlier in the year; showed a nicely put together video about how the station made their Wimbledon coverage an interactive thing; and finally discussed their football player (you'll find this at bbc.co.uk/widgets. He announced that this football player will be on the iPhone - sounds like the BBC's first iPhone app. Yay, woot."

Dave Lee is co-editor, BBC Internet blog, BBC Online, BBC Future Media & Technology.


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi dave - how about subtitles for the videos on the site? Subtitles are already done (888) on the TV, & we aren't always able to listen to the audio! Do get back to me, cheers

  • Comment number 2.

    I noticed that Jake Humpries has a blog for F1 using the barlesqe template and very nice it looks too.

    Is there a time frame in moving the older blogs such as this one over to new designs or is it a case of when someone gets a spare two hours?

  • Comment number 3.

    "Feel free to do a Google site search and see how many times Twitter has been mentioned in the Guardian, NYTimes, Times Online and BBC News."

    Important point missed here. With the exception of BBC News (although here it serves to illustrate the point), they are all commercial organisations. Advertising is their reason for existing.
    The antithesis of the BBC? The line between news reporting and blatant plugging is one the BBC should not cross.

  • Comment number 4.

    How about adding a dedicated F1 forum.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hymagumba - watch this space for more details about blogs soon.


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