Readers may have noticed that the past few weeks have seen the appearance of tags on some of the articles appearing on the BBC News website. As has been noted here on numerous occasions (as well as in our submission to the DCMS Charter Review), the absence of tagging has until now prevented audiences from locating all the BBC’s content concerning a particular topic in chronological order.
Although tagging appears to be limited and not entirely consistent so far, when it is added audiences can find the tags either at the top or bottom of the text – for example:
Using the tag, audiences can then bring up a page displaying all articles tagged with the same category – for example Astronomy, Turkey, Germany, Syrian civil war, Barack Obama, Europe migrant crisis or Islamic State group. An internet search for ‘BBC & Germany’, for example, will also turn up the same page.
To date a tag for Israel (along with many other subjects) does not appear to have been instated.
If extended and applied consistently, this innovation will obviously increase transparency and be a very welcome improvement to the service provided by the BBC News website to its audiences around the world.