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BBC News Website Previewed Amidst "Saddos" Cockup

BBC's website felt the full force of media scrutiny and critics and came under fire today after having called Facebook users as "Saddos"; the text as well as the social networking buttons that accompany it have been removed indefinitely.

The BBC apologised but the cockup overshadowed another significant event, the first picture of BBC's updated news section with some very significant improvements.

BBC's news website editor, Steve Herrmann, says that the changes are the biggest rethink of the design of the site for more than seven years. Perhaps the biggest single feature is the introduction of a login feature where users can actually become BBC members.

The Guardian distills in the news organisation across the website. More space for the news, immediacy push, Facebook integration, Bigger and better video, story pages and clearer labelling. The site's navigation structure has also been substantially changed.

Staff working on the BBC news website have already working on the content management system and Herrmann says that this will "speed up" the publishing process.

In our opinion, the new BBC website (opens in new tab) will set the standards for other news websites worldwide.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.