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Old 27th Mar 2015, 09:35
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The BBC News website was my standard reference when I wanted to confirm a story that I had heard rumoured, however, now I find myself wondering "Why on Earth have I come here?"

It's broken now whereas it didn't need fixing.

I will point our that I don't use a tablet or mobile 'phone to access the interweb - just a laptop. Oh, and I don't use W8 - I use a W7 lookalike.
It was mine, too.

The sad thing is that we lack trustworthy news sites, IMHO. There are very few news sites, or newspapers, that I would trust to give open, honest and complete reporting.

I used to wholeheartedly trust the BBC, but have noticed lately that they simply don't report on some news stories, for some reason, even when the story has been made widely public elsewhere and seems to contain enough public interest to be reported on by an impartial body.

With the changes made to the website, that have led to the site being significantly less usable, presenting less useful information and with some fairly obvious defects, I do now have to question where the BBC is going.

I'm watching the rise of Al Jazheera as a news site - it seems to be putting a lot of resource into being seen as a trustworthy and impartial source of world news at the moment, whereas I'd always regarded it with very deep suspicion in the past.
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Old 27th Mar 2015, 14:00
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I think the new site is utter crap.
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Old 28th Mar 2015, 00:14
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progress.........................

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RE"I will point our that I don't use a tablet or mobile 'phone to access the interweb - just a laptop."

like someone said "Different strokes for different folks"
The BBC and countless other organisations are adapting their current web sites to suit changing methods of accessing their content.

The BBC might not get it perfect first time but let me assure you "Tarquin" and his cohorts aren't coding this but are demanding it.

This is just progress... from writing books( monks), to type set printing (Mr Caxton), automation (not the print unions), Ceefax (?), websites (MS), mobile sites (Google \ Apple).
Give your feedback -- I test this stuff and it your comments are genuinely reviewed (thank you) to & acted upon where we agree \ possible.
Non BBC employee.....BTW
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Old 28th Mar 2015, 01:43
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Carl, I did the beta trial and told them that what I thought, which is exactly what everybody else is saying. I doubt that I was the only negative responder.

I was a very regular reader on a tablet and a 27" screen. On the tablet I preferred the desktop version. There now isn't enough content to properly fill an 11" screen, let alone 27.

This evening I decided to write and give feedback. I can't see any contact point given for website feedback at all (which is indicative of their attitude) so just emailed the newsdesk address. We'll see if they reply.

But I do feel that it is probably a waste of time because they occasionally haul a Tristram into Radio 4 to answer questions about these needless changes, and every time T gives his corporate-speak answers to questions that weren't asked.

Oh, and by the way. Don't get me started on 'The Explainers'. How flippin old/ignorant do they think I am?
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Old 28th Mar 2015, 08:26
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Well said everyone... I agree, the new format is utter rubbish. If 'journos' do access PPRuNe to elicit snippets of news perhaps they might take note... maybe not!
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Old 26th May 2015, 15:10
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Yet further shenanigans.

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Old 26th May 2015, 23:43
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Funny...
I use the BBC News link below on my i-Pad.
No recent changes, and no particular complaints.
Welcome to the falcon hospital of Qatar - BBC News
(that links to one specific news item from the basic news item page. I'll check and edit to put the one-level-up link instead).

The link quoted in the earlier post translates to 'bbc.com' and on the i-Pad translates to a far more messy screen, and I suppose that's the one you're complaining about ?

BTW, if there is some really serious news, I normally go to PPRuNe (JB or other), I'm not kidding !
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Old 27th May 2015, 09:17
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I'm watching the rise of Al Jazheera as a news site
Well, I would recommend watching Al Jazeera itself.

It carries well-reported, fact-based world news, focusing on what's important. It has no discernable political bias.

The BBC, along with many other "News" organisations, shows you only what it has got video footage of, usually with a young, inexperienced presenter in the foreground wearing a ridiculous outfit and demonstrating an almost total lack of background knowledge. And, of course, waving her/his hands about.

Prioritisation of BBC News, when it has the video, appears to be subject to whatever the BBC's agenda happens to be on the day.
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Old 27th May 2015, 09:23
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What I cannot understand is why the BBC News site is now supposedly optimised for those watching on a phone, yet they have a BBC News app that is optimised for a phone.

I don't bother to look at the BBC News site on a PC or laptop now, as it's essentially unusable, with two wide white bands down either side and the need to scroll down a long, long way to read any content.

If PPRuNe can have two viewing options, one for mobile devices and one for normal sized screens, why on earth can't an organisation as big as the BBC do the same? It makes no sense to me at all.
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Old 27th May 2015, 10:27
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A lot of us phone/tablet users don't want YAA (Yet Another App) when we can accomplish same using a browser. You can block ads using a browser, you can't using an app ...
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Old 27th May 2015, 11:44
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I don't bother to look at the BBC News site on a PC

Likewise. I also discovered that many of the links didn't go anywhere.
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Old 27th May 2015, 11:50
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Originally Posted by ExXB View Post
A lot of us phone/tablet users don't want YAA (Yet Another App) when we can accomplish same using a browser. You can block ads using a browser, you can't using an app ...
In that case use the 'mobile' version of the site! If the BBC don't produce a mobile version (I don't know I always prefer to use the desktop version of all sites) then that is what they should have done rather than screw around with their main site!

Like many others, I hardly visit the BBC News website any more. I thought when they first changed it I was just against the change and that I would get used to the new site - I haven't and so rarely visit it now :-(
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Old 27th May 2015, 12:22
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BBC News on your mobile - BBC News
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Old 27th May 2015, 13:02
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Well there you go then, no reason for the changes to the main news pages if they were indeed made for mobile phone and tablet users.
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