Advantages Good structure and variety of articles
Disadvantages Slow Forums, Useless Posts
Regular readers will know that I am a football fan, but it is not just football that I tend to follow. I like to keep a general interest in most sports, although it does tend to be football that I pay most attention to. Since I started working I have tended to spend some time at the start and end of the day checking on that latest sporting results and news, and BBC Sport has always been my first port of call.** Background **
BBC Sport is the sport arm of the BBC Interactive service. The BBC website has several different sections covering many areas of interest including general news, radio, sport as well as local services such as weather, what’s on and travel news. The BBC is funded by the television license fee and so is free from advertising. Being funded by the people it is required to provide entertainment and information for everyone, as well as reporting on news and events in a politically neutral way.The BBC website is part of the service paid for by your licence fee. According to the BBC around 31p a month of your licence fee goes towards the development and maintenance of the website.
** General Site Layout **The page can be broken down into three main sections. Firstly there is a title bar across the top of the page that offers quick links to some of the other services offered by the BBC online, including TV, Radio, Where I Live and the homepage. Secondly, there is a navigation bar on the left side of the page offering quick links to the main sections of the site. Finally there is the rest of the page, which is used to display the news stories. When not in a specific news article this section is used to display the stories available in the current category.
** Navigation **Most of the navigation around the site is done using the bar on the left side of the page. This bar is generated based on the page you are currently viewing and generally shows you the options available to get more specialised information. Each level down you move the more specialised the news/articles become and also the more specialised the options on the navigation bar become. This makes it very easy to get more specialised articles or find greater detail on a specific topic but slightly more difficult to move between different areas as you have to return to the homepage each time.
** Areas Covered **BBC Sport attempts to cover all sporting news and provide a “one stop shop” for all your sport news needs. In reality the term “Sport” is quite diverse and covers a wide range of activities making it very difficult to cover everything. The main areas of general interest are well covered but it is the less popular sports that can seem somewhat neglected. Major sports such as Football, Rugby Union and Cricket are well covered on the site and updated frequently.
Additional in-depth areas may be available on the site depending on the time of year and if any competitions are currently taking place. Generally when a major sporting event is taking place (like The Olympics, World Cup, Ryder Cup or Six Nations) there will be a specialist section of the site available for news on this event.
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