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The decline of BBC News online

(November 2018)

This site closed in March 2021 and is now a read-only archive
Or on topic, never type BBC News into BBC News. Wink

Is that why they had all those problems on air the other day? Shocked
I'm not too sure if this article about Harry Redknapp belongs in the Sport section... Embarassed

62 days later

"Gemma Collins: Three Times She Won Us Over".

Does this really belong on the BBC News Website?! It's not as if there's a lack of that sort of garbage elsewhere on the web.
A former member
It should be on the news beat if anything but your right... Ita utter crap.
She's never won me over, she's a vile, self centred woman.
Larry the Loafer
BBC News or Digital Spy...?

It may be on the "other" channel but we are loving this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.
Ittr and London Lite gave kudos

8 days later

Andrew Founding member
Main story in the entertainment section today was

“7 things we learnt from the Super Bowl adverts”
DVB Cornwall
Considering the amount spent on Super Bowl advertising, and the entertainment crossover in the event, The way that it directs Consumer Spending in the US directly with global overspill is highly relevant. That for a dull Monday in early February isn't atypical and in my view is quite a suitable lead for the Entertainment section today.
Night Thoughts
Super Bowl ads are a (US) cultural phenomenon, so I can see why they did a piece - but it's in no way a lead story, and the childish "7 things we learned..." (who are "we" when most Britons don't give a toss?) listicle treatment grates.

The BBC News site has always dipped its toe - and sometimes waded right into - into these topics, but the treatment and prominence has completely changed.

I've got a feeling that the BBC's critics will soon see the job cuts at BuzzFeed, etc, which pioneered this kind of coverage, and start to put two and two together (whether this is justified or not).
Andrew Founding member
Today we’ve got

“9 things we spotted in the Oscars class photo”

At the present time it seems to be promoted on the news front page

11 days later

Square Eyes Founding member
Ofcom to carry out investigation on BBC News clickbait.

The prevalence of soft news and “clickbait” on the BBC website will be examined during the biggest independent review ever taken of the corporation’s news output.
Thing is it's not as if the BBC News website JUST does those fluff pieces. There are sections. You can do everything.

And they'll obviously promote a range of stuff on the front page.

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