New design due next week for BBC News site

The BBC has announced that there will soon be a new design for its News web page. The BBC say the new design is “focused on design and navigation” with an apparent greater focus on various media types and more room on the page for content.

New design for the BBC News site

The BBC is stating the new features in the redesigned site as being:

  • A fresh, updated design, with more space for the main stories of the day 
  • Better use of video and images 
  • Clearer and more prominent labelling and signposting of key stories, whether you are on the front page or a story page
  • A better indication of which are the most recent headlines
  • Easier ways to share stories with others, for those who wish to

There definitely appears to be a greater focus on images and videos, which is a growing focus of many of the BBC sites. The new video pages will provide a larger video viewing size, higher quality videos and a greater selection from across the BBC and various news stories.

The design also features new ways for readers to share content with the social web with links at the top and bottom of news articles to share the page on Facebook, Twitter and more.

New design for the BBC News site's articles

 

 Sharing options in new BBC News site design

The BBC provides the following summary of the new aspects and features of the site:

New look: More space for the main stories of the day, video and pictures. We have moved the navigation from the left-hand side of the page to the top to give more space for stories and for bigger images and video. We will also be able to indicate on the front page if any of our top three stories have relevant related content.

Clearer labelling: More prominent labelling and highlighting of different types of content so you can pick them out quickly on any page.

Story pages: On story pages, we're placing the day's top stories and features alongside the story so that however you arrive on the site, you can quickly see the main content of the day. Related articles and collected further reading will be placed within and at the bottom of stories; we think in-depth analysis and context will fit better there than in the right-hand column where it has lived to date.

Video: A bigger video player, streaming with better quality. We'll place that at the top of the front page, because video is one of the key elements in what we provide and we want to make sure people don't miss it. On video pages, there will be more options for other video highlights, arranged by section as well as by popularity, so that those who want to watch more video won't have to look far to find it.

Latest: The most recently published stories will be flagged on the front page with a "New" badge.

Sharing: Links that allow users more quickly and simply to share stories with friends on social networks including Facebook and Twitter.

You can see more images of the new design on the BBC website.

The redesigned site, which the BBC claim is the biggest design overhaul since 2003, is expected to start being rolled out as soon as next week and will go live in North America as well as the UK. Alongside the new design the BBC have also rebuilt their content production system to make it quicker and easier for news articles to be written and published. The BBC are keen to know what users think of the design when it rolls out and they will be monitoring the hashtag "#bbcnewssite" on twitter to read people’s opinions. 

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Well new can definitely bring a refreshing upgrade..ill be honest nothin against BBC..i didnt get a chance to see the old page..but the designers/programmers seem to have done well

I'm a daily user of the BBC News website. The redesign looks fantastic, long overdue i think. Also great to hear about the social media integration as well.

It looks really nice, the old style does seem fairly outdated now and useability isn't the greatest in places - particularly where they've installed new features. Good to see they've really paid attention to all the little details, don't think it could look much better.

Still, i'm sure there'll be plenty of people going rabble rabble rabble unfortunately!

As a long time BBC follower, i am happy to see the new design. It looks much better than the present one. But i will wait till i see the new design go into use next week. How ever it goes will not change my opinion about the BBC as it is the best news channel in the world.

They MIGHT have been once upon a time, but Al-Jazeera, Press.TV and RT TV have more honest reporting. The BBC only uses it's reputation from 50 years ago (and today's UK gullible License Fee payers - who will go to prison if they don't pay their TV tax to pay for their web site)

I love the BBC. If and when the New York Times starts forcing us to pay to read their content, I'm getting my news from the BBC, then. Oh, and Bloomberg, too.

Despicable web sites having to charge for content! Where-as the BBC is totally free - unless you happen to live in the UK, and own a TV set!

boho said,
Despicable web sites having to charge for content! Where-as the BBC is totally free - unless you happen to live in the UK, and own a TV set!

Visitors to the BBC News website outside of the UK see adverts; so it's not totally free for them

As someone else mentioned, all the recent BBC related websites have been wonderfully designed and you can tell a lot of thought goes into them as they usually publish a blpg entry detailing what they have done

LynxMukka said,

Stop Trolling.

You have obviously bee taken in by the despicable BBC propaganda. Are you a willing BBC "License Fee" payer too? I don't have a TV on principle, and rarely use their web site!

boho said,
You have obviously bee taken in by the despicable BBC propaganda. Are you a willing BBC "License Fee" payer too? I don't have a TV on principle, and rarely use their web site!
Congratulations?

acnpt said,
They do this like every two years.
I think it's more like every 5 years, I only remember 3 designs, the one they had in about 1998, the redesign about 4 years ago and this new one

Simon. said,
I think it's more like every 5 years, I only remember 3 designs, the one they had in about 1998, the redesign about 4 years ago and this new one

I think your right, they changed in 06/07 and 02/03.

This looks great. Recent BBC sites have been wonderfully designed, let's hope the 25% cut they're facing stops that.

andrew_f said,
This looks great. Recent BBC sites have been wonderfully designed, let's hope the 25% cut they're facing stops that.

Hope that the cut they're facing stops their recent trend of wonderful design?

andrew_f said,
This looks great. Recent BBC sites have been wonderfully designed, let's hope the 25% cut they're facing stops that.

The BBC isn't a government department so isn't facing 25% cuts. However I doubt the licence fee will be increased as is normal every year.

TrOjAn. said,
Much better in my opinion

The BBC has no business using fee payers money to promote their biased political propaganda on the Web. It is bad enough that anyone in the UK who has a TV, is forced (at the risk of imprisonment) to pay the BBC tax. It is time the BBC was sold off and made entirely commercial, so it has to compete fairly with all the other companies that are up against it.

George Orwell (and ex BBC employee) warned us about the way government propaganda works!

The BBC "License Fee" is a despicable throwback to the past and should be abolished.

boho said,

The BBC has no business using fee payers money to promote their biased political propaganda on the Web. It is bad enough that anyone in the UK who has a TV, is forced (at the risk of imprisonment) to pay the BBC tax. It is time the BBC was sold off and made entirely commercial, so it has to compete fairly with all the other companies that are up against it.

George Orwell (and ex BBC employee) warned us about the way government propaganda works!

The BBC "License Fee" is a despicable throwback to the past and should be abolished.

What a load of tosh. I happily pay the "BBC tax" to enjoy good quality programmes without ad breaks every 10 minutes. 100-odd quid a year is great value for money IMO

boho said,
government propaganda
Confused. Which way is the BBC biased? To, or against the government? Did it suddenly change two months ago?

boho said,
The BBC has no business using fee payers money to promote their biased political propaganda on the Web. It is bad enough that anyone in the UK who has a TV, is forced (at the risk of imprisonment) to pay the BBC tax. It is time the BBC was sold off and made entirely commercial, so it has to compete fairly with all the other companies that are up against it.

The BBC is an independent corporation with no affiliation to government, their charter insists it must be so. Having a TV doesn't mean you have to pay the licence fee, you pay it if you watch programmes live. Other TV channels seem to be competing fine against the BBC.

You call the fee a "throwback to the past". The fee started in 1922, which past are you referring to?