News Switcher

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A handy solution for journalists to view different editions of the BBC News website
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Our journalists have been grumbling for a long time about the difficulty of seeing the BBC News website’s different editions - for different parts of the world. Now, the time when they exchanged proxy URLs at the coffee machine is over - thanks to the News Switcher.

The News Switcher, created by the News Labs team, is an easy-to-use tool that presents the News website’s editions, for mobile, tablet, and desktop.

The International edition (eg not the UK one) is available through the News Switcher - and so are the U.S., Europe, and Asia ones, where the Beeb has a customised front page tailored to the local audiences.

It was extremely well-received by the newsroom:

“That’s a lovely and useful thing, and News Labs should be congratulated for coming up with a thing that really works”

“First thought: I LOVE YOU because I HATE PROXIES”

“Truly excellent, very useful and long overdue”

Given the warm reception of certain features within the tool, the team decided to release an open-source sister project named the Device Switcher, which grants anyone the ability view the appearance of websites in their mobile, tablet and desktop views.