New design for Newsbeat responsive site
Today we have launched the new Newsbeat responsive site - a brand new site that cleverly adapts to the screens and devices you're using. It's the first step in our drive to make Newsbeat far more social and mobile focused.
We know you are viewing a great chunk of news online, and over the last year we've made huge strides in improving our digital offering. Ten million people listen to us each week on Radio 1/1Xtra and we now reach around nine million people a week online. We hope the launch of our new-look site will see more of you come to Newsbeat wherever you are, whenever you want to.
Social media will be the main route to stories, with prominent share tools, headlines "written to share" and a great "click-out" of Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp experience. It's also the first BBC news site to embed topical images, videos and tweets from across the internet - something we're really excited about.
So what's new?
Newsbeat is aimed at 16-24 year olds and our online offering will focus on three main areas
- deliver the best of our original journalism
- entertainment news
- stories we think you really care about
Our relationship with you is key - you tell us what stories you want us to cover, and we listen to you. Understandably the site will reflect a lot of General Election coverage over the next few weeks - and the issues we will look at are the ones you've told us you care about the most. Our team of politics reporters will be using the site to explain complex election stories clearly and comprehensively.
We're also launching Newsbeat on Snapchat to give followers the inside track on what happens when Radio 1 listeners, politicians and celebrities have a go at BallotBots - so keep an eye out for our leader board, we think it could get quite competitive.
Loving the video
We won't just be writing text articles. Video is key. We know you are increasingly watching videos on your mobiles and tablets and longer films at home later in the day. We are beginning to make some fantastic films and short-form documentaries and I hope you check them out on our new site as well as our YouTube channel. From the troll being confronted by a trolling victim, to "one night in Magaluf" and some really creative election explainers, there really is something for everyone.
The site is designed for use on your mobile - as we know this is the device you use most to watch, listen and read news - however being responsive, it also works well on computers and laptops. In the coming months we'll also be launching our first-ever mobile app..
We've tested it extensively on a wide variety of the most popular smartphones sold in the UK over the past five years. We have also tested the site extensively to ensure that it is compatible with the most popular versions of the Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari web browsers currently used in the UK. Unfortunately, due to the substantial decrease in use over the past two years, we have taken the difficult decision to drop support for old versions of Internet Explorer - so please upgrade your browser to the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari to enjoy the best experience of the Newsbeat website.
Just the beginning
The launch of the new Newsbeat responsive site is just the start of our plans to bring you the news that matters to you whenever you want it - on the devices you're using. We're looking forward to hearing what you think - and will be blogging about changes and improvements to the site, as well as the launch of new apps in the coming months. It's set to be an exciting time in Newsbeat.