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Charlie Wells3,601 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Confirmation that the BBC's travel website is to close in February...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/entries/68182816-070d-4600-9835-e83a4fadc13d
...Unsurprisingly at a quick glance the comments appear to be mostly against the closure.

EDIT: Looks like http://www.bbc.co.uk/iwonder has already closed as there's a notice in the header informing visitors the site is no longer being updated.
Last edited by Charlie Wells on 20 January 2017 11:41am
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Brekkie27,362 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I didn't click that it was travel information which was closing - that doesn't seem a very PSB move though it is probably just about catered for commercially.

Also don't know if it is down to cuts or just an assumption on how people view videos but annoying now how almost all video reports on the website and connected TV are basically video with text annotations rather than an actual report.

With connected TV you used to be pretty much able to build your own news bulletin from the content available but now it's basically making your own Buzzfeed.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
dvboy8,507 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Presumably they are paying Inrix for that data, but then they'll still be getting it for their travel news bulletins anyway, in fact I'm pretty sure that many of the travel bulletins on BBC Local Radio are presented by Inrix staff down the line from Birmingham.
Inspector Sands10,996 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The point of closing it isn't to save money, it's so that the BBC aren't treading on the toes of other travel information sources.

Presumably they are paying Inrix for that data, but then they'll still be getting it for their travel news bulletins anyway, in fact I'm pretty sure that many of the travel bulletins on BBC Local Radio are presented by Inrix staff down the line from Birmingham.

Yes although I think Birmingham do those in the Midlands, they have several locations for broadcast, but data collection is done in Birmingham. http://radiotoday.co.uk/2016/09/inrix-makes-plans-to-centralise-data-collection/
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 23 January 2017 10:51am
noggin12,345 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The point of closing it isn't to save money, it's so that the BBC aren't treading on the toes of other travel information sources.


Yes - though if the BBC have stopped publishing the information online and are now only broadcasting it, there may be a reduction in the contract cost, as fewer rights are being exercised. (For many broadcast deals you pay extra if you publish online content you buy.)
scottishtv1,539 posts since 6 Nov 2001
STV Central Reporting Scotland
It seems a bit odd though that on the BBC TV weather forecasts, they tell you to listen for travel updates on BBC Local Radio (a good example being the freezing fog this week).

I think people would expect an online resource - but as has been said, it was probably underused and not worth the cost. I suspect licencing from Inrix would not be cheap.