Apart from anything else, this is the first time I’ve seen the BBC News site quote an expletive directly. In previous circumstances (usually articles about swearing on live broadcasts) they’ve always seemed to dodge the exact wording of expletives.
Earlier this month the BBC News webteam rolled out a new design for their site, which incorporated (amongst other things) some new design elements (red shades on white background for the logo, for instance) which hinted at a rebranding.
Sure enough, Stuart Pinfold notes that after the 10 o’clock news this Wednesday evening, News 24 will become BBC News Channel, with regional and other outlets following on the 21st.
Personally, I find the amount of whitespace a little too overpowering; it’s hard to see where section divides are (the regional “Around the World/UK Now” sections at the bottom, for instance)
I’m sure CSS purists will also dislike that this redesign still uses tables for layout, although the “Low Graphics” option still exists for any users who prefer it.
It seems this has just happened – none of the subsequent pages (Tech, UK, World, etc) carry the updated layout, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. The BBC tend to keep old designs around for archived material, so looking back to articles from the 90s you can see the page as it was (albeit with a few SSI errors…)
Update: Steve Herrmann from the BBC describes the changes