BBC begins website revampNew homepage lets you customise content

17 December 2007

New BBC homepage

The BBC has announced plans to revamp the homepage of its website to include a host of new features.

The move coincides with the 10th anniversary of the official launch of BBC online.

The BBC says the redesign marks the first stage of its plan to provide a ‘world-class on-demand user experience’.

You can access a beta test version of the new homepage by visiting the BBC’s homepage and clicking on the beta homepage link.

Customise content

The new beta allows users to customise and localise content on the homepage and is made up of moveable widgets that allow users to determine the layout of the page.

The BBC says the widgets themselves are customisable, giving users a greater level of control over information.

For instance, the entertainment widget allows users to select the latest news from EastEnders and Doctor Who.

Users can also receive feeds from blogs produced across the BBC, ranging from Newsnight to BBC Radio One's Chris Moyles.

Blogs

People will also be able to listen live to BBC radio directly from the homepage and to browse the evening's BBC TV schedules.

BBC Internet Controller Tony Ageh said: 'Enabling users to organise components of the homepage around the subjects that are most important to them increases its value and relevance, while still remaining a powerful expression of the BBC on the internet.’