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Last Updated: Friday, 6 January 2006, 12:39 GMT
News Interactive
News Interactive is responsible for all web and text-based services provided by BBC News, from the BBC News website to Ceefax.

The BBC News Interactive newsroom in west London
The BBC News Interactive newsroom is the department's journalistic hub

The growth in the number of services in the department is a direct result of new technologies which are changing the way that people consume news.

The role of BBC News Interactive is to respond to these changes and make BBC News content available to people wherever and whenever they want it.

The main services are:

The BBC News website

The multi-award-winning news site was launched in November 1997 and is one of the world's largest and most popular news sites.

Facts about BBC News website
BBC News Online
In a typical month, about 20 million people visit the site
That equates to about 2.5m unique users every day
Between 60% and 70% of those users are in the UK
The site attracts about 500 million page inpressions a month
The BBC News website reaches more than a quarter of the UK's internet users

About 300 stories are written in a typical day and the searchable archive contains around one million stories. The BBC News website is also one of the largest originators of audio and video material on the web.

News works closely with the World Service, BBC Sport and BBC Nations and Regions - their journalism is an integral part of the site.

The website has won four Baftas and two Webbys for the Best News Site. It has also won two prestigious awards at the American Online Journalism Awards.

On this Day

This is an archive site with news for every day of the year. On This Day is compiled from 50 years of BBC news archive; reports include original audio and video footage.

Developed in the early 1970s, Ceefax was the first teletext system in the world.

It went live in 1974 and has just celebrated its 30th anniversary.

It started with 30 pages but now the service contains more than 2,000 pages and is regularly used by 40% of the UK population.

Interactive TV mock-up
Interactive TV and digital text, accessed via the red button, are proving increasingly popular

Digital Text
Digital text services from the BBC are available on all three digital platforms - terrestrial, satellite and cable - offering a mix of news, sport and weather among hundreds of frames on content.

Interactive TV
More than three million people per month use BBC News's interactive TV services available via Freeview, Digital Satellite and Digital Cable.

Mobile phones and PDAs
BBC News content can also be accessed via mobile devices such as mobile phones and PDAs.

E-mail services
A range of e-mail services, including breaking news alerts and daily highlights, can be subscribed to through the following link:

The BBC News website offers RSS (really simple syndication) channels for the majority of its sections. These are XML-based feeds which include headlines, summaries and links.

These can be accessed through News Reader software which enables you to get the latest news headlines on your desktop.

Syndicated html boxes are also available for external websites.


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