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There's been talk for some time now about how dominant the BBC's web presence is and whether this is fair given the way the corporation is funded.
While accepting that the BBC should have a role online, it believes that this should be limited to programme support and public-service materials, such as its award-winning news service.
Competitors in areas such as sports and entertainment have long complained that the BBC's dominance on the web hampers their own prospects.
We accept there is a role for the BBC but it should be in specific areas such as lifelong learning that aren't provided elsewhere. Those are the kind of constraints we're looking for
its the interactive 24/7 services on telly that are getting "totally relaunched to make it a lot easier to use" - not the whole website
£8.70 per user may be a drop in the ocean of the BBC's budget, but it's still a helluva a lot of money for a website to spend! :)
BTW since you have popped up, are you able to comment on the effectiveness of the recent redesign? :)
Ive been going to the BBC news site for years and would be interested in what impact it had.
All I can say is that when I first saw the re-designs on paper like most people I thought "Oh Change. Change is bad". But as soon as I went back to using the site in its effectively one column plus-a-bit-of-nav format I was struck by how narrow and odd if felt, and was positively gagging for the re-design to go live
I've found myself visting less parts of the site as before. But that may be just me!
Grrr....change is bad! ;)
It's not that there is anything wrong with the new design, it's just that I liked being able to scroll down extracts from current articles from the news homepage!
We have strategically positioned the move towards interactive TV because we've seen how popular it can be and it reaches people that don't necessarily spend a lot of time on the web,"
Seems fair for the license payer in general. Remember that analogue TV, hopefully, will be turned off in the UK by 2010. Perhaps BBC have a role to play in this in the eyes of the govt.?
If so, they'll have to pull back their cannons from somewhere....
Besides, I *am* a merkin, er, American, though I'm not terribly proud of the fact; it's *OK* for me to use the term. :)