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Agence France-Presse reported today that China has blocked the news websites of BBC, CNN, and Norwegian state broadcaster, NRK, ahead of tomorrow's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Liu Xiaobo, author of the highly controversial manifesto, Charter 08.

After publishing his revolutionary manifesto on December 10, 2008, on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Liu's call for "freedom, equality, human rights...[and] democracy, republicanism, and constitutional government" led him to an 11-year prison sentence on December 25, 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power".

While serving this prison sentence, Liu, on October 8, 2010, won the Nobel Peace Prize. Enraged, the Chinese foreign ministry responded in a statement, "Liu Xiaobo is a criminal who has been sentenced by Chinese judicial departments for violating Chinese law" and that awarding him this prize "runs completely counter to the principle of the prize and is also a blasphemy to the peace prize".

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2010-12-09 18:45

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The BBC faces a disrupted news service today and tomorrow across its main TV and radio news programmes as staff strike over pensions. Some of the BBC star presenters are joining the strike, including Fiona Bruce and Kirsty Wark, reported the Guardian.

Radio 4's Today Programme was taken off the air today, and World At One and Front Row were replaced, amongst other shows. Newsnight and the Six O'Clock News are likely to be affected.

The BBC issued a statement expressing its disappointment that the National Union of Journalists have gone ahead with today's industrial action, noting that four other unions have accepted the organisation's latest revised offer. The NUJ represents about 4,100 BBC journalists, said the Guardian. Further strikes are threatened.

A blog post from BBC director general Mark Thompson explained how the strike had come about and stressed that those who are losing out most are "the very people we hare here to serve - our audiences."

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-05 16:10

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The BBC Trust, having taken into account impact, finance and duration, has decided that the BBC's smartphone and iPad apps do not call for a Public Value Test. This comes almost four months after the Trust suspended the Executive's plan to launch these apps in April, on grounds that an assessment was needed "to decide whether a Public Value Test (PVT) should be carried out." The apps were launched outside of the UK.

The Newspapers Publishers Association, representing UK national newspapers, prompted the Trust's assessment with an appeal that such apps would be trespassing on their commercial territory. Specifically, the newspapers had an interest in tapping into the same market, but with paid for applications, and competing with free, subsidized BBC apps seemed (and still seem) an unfair advantage to the competition,
The PVT measures public value against market impact, to ensure that a balance is struck within them. The Trust has found the apps not to disrupt this balance, because according to a press release they were:

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Dawn Osakue

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2010-07-23 17:44

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Recent reports from web metrics company Alexia show that traffic is down 10.6 percent on the BBC News website. However, according to website editor Steve Herrmann, "Reverting to the old design is not something we're considering."

Some of the features repeatedly reported as annoying include the increased need to scroll, the double menu bar (although a carryover from the previous version), the abundance of white space, and most notably: the idea of change in itself!

According to a comment by one viewer, "if it ain't broke don't fix it". Another explains the general feeling more exquisitely: "it's like going to your usual supermarket to find they've rearranged all the shelves & you can't find anything." (sic)

Some users however agree that the change was due coming and everyone will be fine once they can adjust to the new look.

In replying to comments received since the launch of the new design, Hermann assured users that reviews and changes would be made and admitted to "a few things not yet working exactly the way they should be."

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Dawn Osakue

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2010-07-22 19:34

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The BBC launched its new news website yesterday: the biggest redesign of the site since 2003. As well as navigational and layout changes, improved video and sharing capabilities, the BBC has created a new North American edition of the site, BBC.com (as opposed to BBC.co.uk.)

A new dedicated website team based in the BBC's Washington DC office will be "making sure that a new, North America edition front page reflects the stories, themes and issues which matter most to our users in the US and Canada," according to an article by the news website editor Steve Herrmann and the editor of the North America edition Matt Davis.

The editors promise "fast and comprehensive coverage of major stories affecting North America," citing the new US online news team's coverage of the sacking of General Stanley McChrystal as an example. New editorial features include Global Views, a series exploring America's relationship with the world, a new blog called American Frei by Matt Frei, and a video blog by World News America's Franz Strasser on immigration in the US.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-07-15 12:25

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The BBC is about to redesign its news website, according to the site's editor Steve Herrmann in a blog post. "We have focused on design and navigation, looking to see how we can make all the existing content we produce each day easier for you to find, use and share," he wrote. It is the biggest redesign of the site since 2003.

The BBC asked users about how they use the site and decided on areas to improve, such as indicating which are the newest stories on the homepage by flagging them with a 'New' badge. There will also be more space for the main stories of the day On story pages, it will be more clearly indicated what other latest top news there is. Local UK news will be easier to find, and video features will be more accessible with a bigger video player and better quality video, placed at the top of the front page. It will also be easier to quickly share stories on Facebook and Twitter.

A North American edition of the site will also be launched, appearing automatically for those users in the US or Canada. The editorial team in the BBC's DC office will tailor the front page for that region, but the edition will continue to contain existing content.

Herrmann also explained that the BBC has completely rebuilt its content production system to make it easier to use, quicker and more flexible.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-07-08 19:39

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British adults are looking to websites for their sports news more than to newspapers, radio, or TV bulletins, reported Press Gazette. ICD Research, which carried out the poll for Press Gazette, found that 247 of the 1,000 surveyed favoured the web "as their preferred source of sporting news and comment."

National newspapers were the primary source of sporting news for just 14% of respondents, and local newspapers for only 2.4%. When looking at specific preferred sources, BBC TV was a clear winner, with 25.9% identifying it as their favourite, followed by 15.3% choosing the BBC's website. Only three newspapers: the Daily Mail, Sun and Daily Telegraph made it into the top 10.

For something as visual and fast moving as sports, it is not surprising that BBC TV came high on respondents' list of sources. The increasing popularity of websites is likely due to their video and live blogging capabilities, allowing the public to interact far more thoroughly and immediately with the sports being covered than via a print publication. Some newspapers outside the UK however, such as readership record-breaking La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy and L'Équipe in France, are extremely popular.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-06-30 19:34

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In a move to protect local news providers, the Newspaper Society is insisting on a limit to the number of stories that the BBC can publish on its local websites. In response, the BBC pledged in a strategy document that it would make efforts to not overwhelm local news. The Newspaper Society, however, questions whether or not BBC will actually follow through on their claim, or "whether the strategy review may become the latest in a long line of BBC acknowledgement of criticism of its ever-growing activities, without any effective action to curb and reduce them." Furthermore, in BBC's strategy report, it had expressed an intention to expand its coverage of business and local government, deepening the NS's concern that the BBC was overstepping its bounds. To encourage traffic on local sites, the NS has asked the BBC to publish links to local newspaper stories that the BBC uses as sources for its own publications.

The Newspaper Society's challenge to the power of the BBC is a valuable one, particularly to the future of local news. While it does show that the actions of large news sources are being questioned, it also asks the question of the viability of local news sources when they are put into competition with news giants like the BBC. Much like Walmart has done to local specialty stores across the globe, the bureaucratic machine of the BBC threatens to wipe out localized news sources and monopolize the British news industry.

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Carole Wurzelbacher

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2010-06-02 12:46

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Media experts have recently given a considerable amount of attention to the potential behind the practice of crowd sourcing. As a journalistic technique, crowd sourcing is heralded as a way to enhance journalism by capitalizing on citizen's desire to participate as a means of improving news coverage. Although the technique remains relatively new and untapped by individual journalists, major news outlets have started developing methods of capturing the output of user-generated content. Working for the Nieman Journalism Lab, Jonathan Stray recently had the opportunity to interview Sylvia Costeloe, a young journalist working for the BBC's User Generated Content (UGC) Hub.

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Robert Eisenhart

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2010-05-11 14:15

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The BBC's news website had its highest traffic ever last Friday, the day following voting in the UK's most closely fought general election in decades. According to BBC editor Steve Herrman, writing on the BBC's editors' blog, the BBC news website had 11.4m individual users on Friday. The previous record of 9.2m was on 5 November 2008, the day after Obama's election victory.

There were about 100m page views in total, with about 6.5m going to the election live page and 30m to the constituency results pages. The 'search for your result by postcode' and 'search by name' peaked at around 36,000 searches per minute. Clearly, many users were engaging with the site. Even the mobile election results pages had more than 1m page views.

The Guardian added that this past weekend was the biggest weekend in terms of traffic for the BBC, with 5.7m users on Saturday and 5.7m on Sunday.

Television stations have also been receiving high traffic in the aftermath of the inconclusive election on Thursday, with BBC1, BBC News Channel and Sky News all enjoying a big ratings boost, the Guardian reported. Newspaper readership figures will be released by the Audit Bureau of Circulation next month.

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2010-05-10 18:28

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