After years of suffering through an atrocious website Radio New Zealand has finally come through. They have a new, useful, website with some actual content.
Radio New Zealand broadcasts over three nationwide networks; National Radio, Concert FM and the AM network which relays Parliamentary proceedings. Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) is our overseas shortwave service, broadcasting to the South Pacific and beyond, while Radio New Zealand News and Current Affairs provides comprehensive, up-to-the-minute news and current affairs information.
The website isn’t perfect — don’t visit the Sound Archives looking to be able to listen to a show, for example — you want the Programme pages for that. There aren’t any podcasts, and if you want to listen to an available segment later rather than right away then it’s circuitous to find the segment, download and transfer to iTunes. Some content is available live, but requires Windows Media Player.
There are some RSS feeds (listed right there on the navigation bar I now see. I looked all over for the feeds — somehow that item was just invisible to me).
The site looks good and also validates to XHTML 1.0 Strict. In spite of my negatives above I think it’s pretty good — for a start anyway. Let’s hope they intend to add some features once this new beginning is firmly settled in.