Friday, October 27, 2006

BBC goes a step further

In a lift the other day, I was talking to a BBC person who said that she thought the BBC now understood how far it had got behind.

Now some of that thinking is in the public domain.

Pete Clifton told the World Digital Publishing Conference in London today that the plans could include new topical pages to aggregate information from BBC and external sources on a variety of topics; increased personalisation features for the front page of BBC News Online, an expansion of the site's live statistics tracker and possibly wiki style pages that would let users contribute to compilations of information.

A news API could let users outside the BBC access BBC content for their own development projects.

The BBC will not be expanding its existing blogs aggressively according to Clifton but he said he hopes to launch a new blog to be written by BBC foreign correspondents around the world.

Clifton said the BBC will not be making new content for mobile phones however, it will be making more of the text, audio and video from the news website central to the expansion of its offering for mobile devices.

The Press Gazette offers more.

This is very interesting. First here is another word for PR people to wrestle with - API. get used to the idea and what it offers you.

The wiki looks interesting for communicators too.