Today revamps website to boost interactivity

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme has relaunched its website in a bid to make it more “user-friendly”.

The revamped site includes a number of new features, added to promote more interaction between the programme and its listeners.

They will now be able to see in advance items coming up on the programme with access to the programme’s running order. Users will also be able to access programme highlights and re-runs of all the main interviews.

The new Today site will also enable people to sign up for a weekly newsletter containing highlights of the previous week’s programmes.

Suggestions to the programme or opinions on featured stories can also be e-mailed direct to the Today team.

Gavin Allen, Today’s assistant editor, said listeners would “be able to engage in the key debates of the day and quiz guests directly via live web chats”.

Aesthetic changes to the site include specially commissioned photographs by photojournalist Nick Danziger, who captured images of Britain at 6am, the time at which the flagship news and current affairs programme commences.

Using the photographs from 12 locations and six shots from each one, the website will feature a different theme each week, including a mosque in Belfast, a London meat market, the red light district in Leeds and a prison in Glasgow.

lBBC News Online has won the people’s voice award in the news category of this year’s Webby Awards – established by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in 1996 to commend the best websites.

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