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Changes to Radio 3 online and on your mobile

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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick | 10:25 UK Time, Monday, 8 October 2012

We've made some big changes to Radio 3 online today - there's a new web site for PC, mobile and tablet and a new mobile app - (free from the Apple app store at launch, other mobile platforms to follow).

The new site is part of an effort to bring new consistency to BBC Radio online. All the BBC stations (including BBC nations and local radio) now have a common structure and navigation. This should make it easier to find the information you need and to play the content you like.

It's new but we think you'll find it pretty easy to use. Here's a quick guide to how to use the new homepage:

Click the big arrows at left and right for what's going on at Radio 3 right now and this week. Scroll down to the big boxes for important stuff that doesn't change so often and use the grey bar at the top to find a particular programme.

Click the image for a printable version.

And here's a bit more detail about the three main ways to find things online:

The grey navigation bar just below the top of the screen:

The iPlayer Radio navigation bar from the new BBC radio web sites

If you're looking for a particular show, click 'Programmes' and type its name. Browse programmes by genre from the 'Categories' menu or use the schedule to locate a programme directly.

Just below the grey navigation bar, the meat of the new web site:

The main part of the new BBC Radio 3 web site.

Here you'll see details of the programme that's on-air now plus the next one and the one after that. Click the big grey arrows at left and right to flick through panels of information about the station's output: highlights selected by us, the top programmes for online listening and other content we're featuring. This is regularly-changing content where you can get a sense of what's going on at Radio 3 right now and this week.

Further down the page you'll find a panel of boxes:

The boxes from the new BBC Radio 3 web site.

This is where you'll find links to all the important Radio 3 stuff - our newsletter, the blog and social media and to the A-Z index of composers, for instance. We'll also put links here to big seasons and to the BBC Orchestras.

Click the 'What's New?' link in the grey navigation bar for a visual guide to the new Radio web sites. Use the hashtag #bbciplayerradio if you're discussing the new web sites and the app on Twitter and follow @BBCiPlayerRadio for news and information.

Mark Friend, Controller of BBC Radio's interactive department, has written a post for the BBC Radio blog about the changes. Let us know what you think of the new design by leaving a comment on his blog post.

Steve Bowbrick, Interactive Editor, BBC Radio 3

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