BBC World Service has won the Localisation Research Centre (LRC) 2004 Best Global Website Award for its Your Voice interactive websites. The award recognises the most innovative multilingual and multicultural website on the Internet. The Your Voice websites were launched in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Persian and Urdu in October 2003 with the objective of making online debates between people in different countries possible throughout the world. The personal voices and topics emerging from these debates have since enriched BBC World Service news content in English and other languages.
LRC director Reinhard SchÃƒ¤ler said: “The judging panel was impressed by the clear and user friendly design, respect for native language and success in promoting and creating cross cultural dialogue.”
Myra Hunt, Head of BBC World Service New Media, commented: “It is an honour to receive recognition for the skills and expertise of the Your Voices online team and to be able to play a vital role in bringing different voices across the world together to debate the issues that affect all our lives.”