December 06, 2007
By Steve Bennedik, Editor Sky News Networked Media
We hope you find our newly designed site an improvement.
The aim is to break up the bottom of our home page and each section, not only making it look more attractive but to offer a wider range of content.
We've changed the weather on the home page from text to a more digestible icon format.
By the way, my forecast for Sky News' weather is that some truly great improvements are on the way in the New Year: we are still putting the final touches to what will be a wonderfully comprehensive service.
The popular 'Most Read' and 'Must See' features remain, this time in tabulated form. Just click on the tab button and they will appear.
Coming very soon will be an attractive new video player which will include the facility to build playlists and play full-screen.
And from next week, Sky digital subscribers in the UK will be able to watch Sky News live on their PC, via sky.com/news.
There's one other change you may already have noticed. We've removed the heading "Madeleine" from the navigation list on the left-hand side of the page.
It doesn't mean we won't report on any new developments - and if you've added our Madeleine page to your favourites or made it your home page, you can continue to use it.
Our move is simply a recognition that seven months after she went missing, Madeleine's story is no longer dominating the news in the way it was, and we can no longer justify its prominence.
I know this will be disappointing for many of you, while the search for Madeleine remains unresolved. But I hope you understand why we've made this decision.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve our offering to you, whether through a major re-design coming next Spring, or through the introduction of innovative products, such as our applications for Facebook and the i-Phone.
And next year one of our main aims will be to find ways to make your experience on our news pages richer, and to benefit more widely from your views, knowledge and expertise.
Thanks for continuing to use Sky News online.