For information only - 2009 (We've been here before)

Better BBC radio schedules - 2009

The BBC have form when it comes to crap design. This is what happened in April 2009.

The technology in the current version was not available then but the job could be done for those with a Firefox web browser.

Have they learned? Have they heck! In 2012 it's got even worse with flashing labels, acres of wasted space, difficult to read dates and so on.

Do you lose the will to live while scrolling down?

Compare these two versions to the same scale.

And the BBC have
had to make their
text smaller.

Do you get frustrated by lack of useability?


  1. Whilst "Search R4" might be useful this should go at the bottom"
  2. News readers don't leave long pauses between each word so why is there so much wasted space on the web pages?
  3. More information about schedules scattered around higgldy-piggeldy. On a long page perhaps the calendar should be shown in a long column rather than blight one third of the page with wasted space beneath.
  4. The date as a sub-title. It isn't useful and it gets confused with the main title. (To fix this blot is trivial so clearly nobody has actually thought about it.)
  5. Listen again takes up more precious vertical space.
The useful information is spread all over the place and hidden in the camouflage.


  • People want to look at what's on their other favourite stations as well. Compact jump-elsewhere buttons on the top row.
    Let's make it easy - How simple
  • When browsing the schedule, a week ahead and past at a time is enough for most people.
    Let's make it easy - How simple
  • The programme titles are the most important things.
    Let's make them stand out (And put the whole page in larger text for easier reading.) - How simple.
  • A compact headphones icon indicates listen again and the animated aerial indicates listen now.
    Let's put all 'click to listen' things in one column. - How simple
  • What do people want to do lots of with schedules... ...Read them ahead of time and mark things of interest.
    Such an obvious need so let's do it. - How useful.

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