PBS relaunches ‘NewsHour’ Web site


As it prepares to relaunch its flagship news program, PBS has unveiled a new online look for the soon-to-be-renamed “NewsHour” program.

PBS has said the site relaunch is a key part of the overall new direction for “NewsHour,” the broadcast side of which debuts Monday.

“This re-launch has been guided by audience and station research and is an effort to provide our broadcast and digital audiences with NewsHour content wherever, whenever and however they want to access it,” write Linda Winslow and Simon Marks in the show’s blog.

Backing the Web site is an expanded digital news gathering team that’s been merged with the broadcast staffers.

PBS will also create a bigger presence for its senior correspondents on the new site, a move that is already evident in the “Rundown” column of the homepage that highlights material from the show’s blog, including reports journalists on the scene of stories.

Overall, the new site has a clean yet elegant feel that still manages to look modern. While, like all news sites, the homepage does suffer from a little too much clutter, PBS has done a good job of organizing information into manageable sections.