BBC News tweaks

I noticed it yesterday, although I’m not sure when it first appeared, but the BBC have tweaked the News homepage slightly. Now, instead of five most read stories, you get ten. The most emailed section remains the same.

The Editors blog has more information about the upgrade here, with the aim behind the feature described.

The journalists writing for the site keep a close eye on the ever-changing “most popular” list because it can be a good place to spot emerging interest in stories which we can then develop, and it can also help us assess how successful we’ve been at highlighting and headlining what we see as the key stories of the day.

The other news tweak is actually an addition which is currently in beta – BBC News Radar. There is more information about this new feature here, but is quite self explanatory. It shows the most recently published or updated stories from anywhere on the news site.

It looks like a good way of keeping tabs on the most recent news without having to navigate through the various categories on the homepage. The page also updates automatically with no need to refresh, which is a great addition to the site.