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Old 30th Nov 2005, 14:58   #1
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My browser homepage has always been the BBC News site, and my favoured news section was the Arts sub-category under the Entertainment index. Imagine my disappointment then when at the start of this week the sub-headings to the Entertainment index disappeared - Arts, TV & Radio, Film, Music - leaving just one Entertainment page, which is of course dominated by showbiz and from which the arts are notable by their absence.

As I write there are just two news stories under the 'Arts' heading on the Entertainment page. Given that 'Arts' in the old system covered books, drama, visual arts, opera, ballet and everything else that wasn't film, TV or music, two stories seems pretty pathetic.

They have posted a weaselly statement on the reason for the changes here, which includes the contemptible excuse:

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We made these changes because we wanted to focus our effort on providing you with good, original journalism and great stories, rather than have to write a large number of stories you might not want to read, just to fill several indexes.
(My italics.) A large number of stories we 'might' not want to read - but in fact do want to? Forgive me for saying so, but my understanding is that the BBC is a public service broadcaster, so whether only a dozen or a million people are interested in a story should not be of prime consideration. Needless to say, the responses posted below the story are universally negative with just one exception.

Any suggestions for a new homepage?
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Old 30th Nov 2005, 15:08   #2
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New homepage???? You don't want to know about Jerry Garcia's toilet for auction????? You snob!!!!
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Old 1st Dec 2005, 14:57   #3
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Default Re: BBC Drops the Arts

I sent a complaint about it and here is their reply:

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Thank you for your comments about the Entertainment section of the BBC
News website.

We're delighted that you are a fan of the section and appreciate your
taking the time to get in touch.

Unfortunately, we can no longer support individual indexes for Film,
Music, TV/Radio and Arts on our UK-facing site.

However, we are carrying smaller versions of these on the main index
itself and do not plan to stop covering news from any of these areas.

We have also redesigned the main index to make it a more interactive
experience, while still bringing you up-to-the-minute news, fast
analysis and in-depth coverage on the biggest stories.

A bigger redesign is also on the way, when I hope we can really be
creative with the way we present our coverage.

And we hope to bring you even more original news and features, to keep
you across the stories behind the headlines and the press releases -
with more ways for users to take part in our coverage too.

Please do keep in touch and let us know how we are doing.

Kind regards

Jackie Finlay
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BBC News website
"UK-facing site"? Fuck. Off.
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Default Re: BBC Drops the Arts

Humph. Now, that response isn't a cut and paste job is it?

As for a new homepage, I'd use the Google portal if I were you. You can personalise it to show information you want to see, have lists of bookmarks, add RSS feeds and all sorts.
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Old 1st Dec 2005, 20:25   #5
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Do you people ever do any work?
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I posted a comment regarding how it was nice to see that the dumbing down of the BBC with dancing shows has now shifted focus to the web. They don't seem to have accepted it.
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For another homepage replacement, Protopage looks quite good.
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I'm liking that protopage alot. Just like writely, it's a good idea when you're logging in from multiple locations / browsers.
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