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BBC.co.uk - site cutbacks & beyond

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SW
Steve Williams
.... don't ever recall this type of correction before.


These have been standard practice for many years now.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
I suppose its cheaper to put a factual correction notification on the iPlayer than it is to re-edit the programme.

Of course it could be genuine human error, or poor research in the first place. At least it was spotted by them as opposed to the issue being wheeled out on Points of View and labelled as sloppy.
AN
Ant Central Reporting Scotland
The phasing in of the new web iPlayer Radio has advanced a little today.

Old programme page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000842
New programme player: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000842

Until today they were running independently but now when playing a show through the old programme page you now get re-directed to the new player, removing the previous one.

9 days later

AS
Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
Not quite the BBC site but it sort of is, tvlicensing.co.uk has been down all day. Possibly due to some unwarranted social media attention due to the fact you can submit personal details without https. It got the usual non-tech reply from the poor social media person who probably didn’t help. I did see a tweet from someone who said they’d found a security vulnerability but I don’t know if that’s true, or related to the downtime.

Not sure how the company got away with it. The browser changes have been known about for well over a year!
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Asa posted:
Not quite the BBC site but it sort of is, tvlicensing.co.uk has been down all day.
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It's actually been down for at the time of writing since the evening of September 5th.

Quote:
Possibly due to some unwarranted social media attention due to the fact you can submit personal details without https. It got the usual non-tech reply from the poor social media person who probably didn’t help. I did see a tweet from someone who said they’d found a security vulnerability but I don’t know if that’s true, or related to the downtime.


Twitter suggests they're dropping cookies and tracking site movements via said cookies without one of those irritating cookie notifications on the initial visit. Which obviously if true puts them in violation of GDPR.
PE
Pete Founding member North Reporting Scotland
Asa posted:
Not quite the BBC site but it sort of is, tvlicensing.co.uk has been down all day. Possibly due to some unwarranted social media attention due to the fact you can submit personal details without https. It got the usual non-tech reply from the poor social media person who probably didn’t help. I did see a tweet from someone who said they’d found a security vulnerability but I don’t know if that’s true, or related to the downtime.

Not sure how the company got away with it. The browser changes have been known about for well over a year!


Interesting they've gone with a BBC branded EV cert for their restoration. Didn't realise it was directly hosted by the BBC, thought it was outsourced to capita.

Also wonder if the BBC will move the rest of bbc.co.uk to EV certs rather than OV.
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CL
clh Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
It's had that for a good while. Whether it's hosted by the BBC or not is another question as it's almost all outsourced to Capita.

It probably has EV because of the fact it is the only paying interaction most people will ever have with the BBC, though it is issued by the same certificate authority.
PE
Pete Founding member North Reporting Scotland
clh posted:
It's had that for a good while. Whether it's hosted by the BBC or not is another question as it's almost all outsourced to Capita.

It probably has EV because of the fact it is the only paying interaction most people will ever have with the BBC, though it is issued by the same certificate authority.


Given the number of servers the BBC will have they'll be on wholesale pricing and often the price difference is non existent or negligible.
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RO
roo London London
The TVL site is not managed by the BBC, and doesn't use BBC infrastructure.
PE
Pete Founding member North Reporting Scotland
roo posted:
The TVL site is not managed by the BBC, and doesn't use BBC infrastructure.


The plot thickens
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15 days later

CW
Charlie Wells Moderator Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Not sure how recent the change is however I've noticed /tv now redirects to https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/guide. The TV channel schedule pages also have revised URLs, with https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/schedules/bbctwo redirecting to https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/guide/bbctwo. The old style schedule pages as still available (for now) via the /programmes site (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl97).

I wonder how long it'll before the BBC News and BBC Parliament channel pages (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/bbcparliament) are altered to remove the '/tv' and replace it with a '/iplayer' equivalent.
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DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
This change occurred last week, I think. Dislike the lack of the 'All Channels' view now, which I'll miss a lot.

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