25 March 2015 Last updated at 09:33

Social media push for Six O'Clock News

Six O'Clock News website

The Six O' Clock News on Radio 4 has been on air for almost as long as the BBC itself.

It was first broadcast on the National Programme on August 31st, 1931, and has been a mainstay of the schedule ever since. You can hear our coverage of some of the biggest events in those years - from Germany's invasion of Poland to Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space.

We like to think that the programme is (to borrow a phrase from the New York Times) all the news you need to hear - a half hour distillation of day's most important stories from the UK and around the world - and the context which explains why they matter. While more than three million Radio 4 listeners agree, we're conscious that we could do more to promote our material.

Admittedly we may be a bit late to this party, but we are determined to find new audiences for our news on social media. So, 84 years on from the first bulletin, we are launching a campaign to promote the Six O' Clock News.

As well launching a podcast of the programme we'll be circulating our audio using the hashtag #Radio4Six and we'll be putting some of our most compelling material on our website.

In the meantime you can see what some of our leading contributors think about the programme here.

Thanks for listening.


What's changing on the BBC News website?

BBC News website health page

As you may have spotted if you are reading this on a desktop computer, BBC News Online is looking a bit different.

Our new "responsive" design, which we've just launched for desktop computer, aims to make sure the site looks great whichever device or screen size you are on - mobile, tablet or desktop.

Developed by the BBC Future Media News Product team, the new version is based on user testing and lots of feedback, and builds on the site already in use for mobile and tablet.

It's designed as an evolution of what's gone before, rather than a radical rethink, and it will make it easier for us to add further improvements and features in future.

Niko Vijayaratnam, our Senior Product Manager leading the work, explains more here and outlines the main changes you'll see.

We hope you'll enjoy using the new site - let us know what you think, by leaving comments and questions on his blog post, or in the survey here.


BBC News website goes responsive

Grab of BBC News Online front page

BBC News Online will look a bit different from next week.

The new "responsive" version (which we previewed and wrote about here and then here ) will be what you see when you come to the desktop website, from Monday onwards.

It brings the responsive design we've had for a while on mobile and tablet to the desktop site, and it's designed to look great whichever device you are using. It's intended to be an evolution of what's gone before, rather than a radical rethink, and it will make it easier for us to add further improvements and features in future.

Developed by the BBC Future Media News Product team, the new version is based on user testing and lots of feedback. Niko Vijayaratnam, our Senior Product Manager leading the work, explains more here and outlines the main changes you'll see.

We hope you'll enjoy using the new site - let us know what you think, by leaving comments and questions on his blog post, or in the survey here.


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