Our Work

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    BBC

    We developed a platform for the creation of online quizzes at the BBC.

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    BBC 6 Music

    A quiz for BBC Radio 6 Music that tests players’ Music knowledge.

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    BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

    The new Radio 1 & 1Xtra homepages.

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    BBC Radio 1

    A mobile web site tailored for high-end mobile devices.

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    BBC Radio 2

    Ken Bruce's PopMaster is a multi-platform quiz game.

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    BBC Radio 4

    A quiz for BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.

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    BBC Radio 4

    We created a 3D maze / quiz game for BBC Radio 4.

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    BBC Radio 4

    A questionnaire for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours Care Season.

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    BBC Radio 4

    A questionnaire “What Are They Worth?” for BBC Radio 4.

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  • BBC Radio 5 live World Cup Shootout logo

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A quiz for 5 live that challenges players’ world cup football knowledge.

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  • Dear Cadbury logo

    Cadbury

    A fresh approach to online corporate responsibility reports.

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  • Cartoon Network logo

    Cartoon Network

    We made a series of popular games for Cartoon Network.

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    Cluster Munition Coalition

    A CMS based website for the Cluster Munition Coalition.

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    Comic Relief

    We designed a series of games for Red Nose Day & Sport Relief.

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  • Glastonbury the Quiz logo

    Glastonbury The Quiz

    A quiz the BBC that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Glastonbury festival.

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    GoodBrand & Company

    We were asked to build the web site for GoodBrand & Company.

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    Intel

    We worked with Intel on a series of web sites for their sales teams.

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    mFlow Music Player

    A multi platform audio player for the mFlow application

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    MyVaccs / Facebook

    We helped develop a travel vaccination Facebook application for MyVaccs

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    MyVaccs

    We helped develop a web site, CMS & vaccination records system.

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    Nestlé Nespresso

    We built a web site with CMS for their AAA Program.

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    OnShare

    We worked on the architecture, design, & production of a secure ‘friend to friend’ file-sharing product called OnShare.

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    ONSPEED

    We developed an accelerated internet service & e-commerce web site.

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    ONSPEED Mobile

    We developed an accelerated mobile web browser & e-commerce web site.

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    Portugal Portfolio

    We developed a database driven property website.

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  • PSNI logo

    PSNI

    We worked with The Police Service Of Northern Ireland & Large on a community site for teenagers.

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  • Red Nose Day logo

    Red Nose Day

    We worked on the Red Nose Day web sites for Comic Relief.

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  • Snakes & Ladders logo

    Snakes & Ladders

    We designed & built the Snakes & Ladders game for LifeScan.

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    Sport Relief

    We worked on the game Favela Kid for Sport Relief

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    Z Group PLC

    We worked with Z Group on their corporate web site.

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BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Homepages

"A groundbreaking piece of work which changes radio's interaction with its online audience. This emphasised the live and shared experience that only radio can give, and safeguards radio's future in an online environment." – Sony Radio Academy Awards 2012 – Best Use of Multiplatform/Social Media

Working closely with the BBC, we developed the new Radio 1 & 1Xtra homepages. The project represents a total reinvention of the way Radio 1 presents itself online by visualising what's happening on air as soon as it happens. The new sites are not a traditional archive of editorial content, they are a place to experience, enhance and interact with live radio as part of a simultaneous web broadcast.

"There is no longer a radio station and a website, they are one and the same." - Chris Johnson, Senior Producer, Radio 1 Interactive.

  • Screenshot of the Radio 1 homepage
  • Screenshot of the Radio 1Xtra homepage showing a lightbox
  • Greg James hugs the new website

The new homepages are all about 'Liveness'. As soon as a track is played out, users see that track appear on the homepage and can click to find out more information about the artist and song. If the cameras are on, live video will appear on the page and users can start streaming instantly. Photos, videos and audio clips can be put up as soon as a DJ mentions them on air. Sessions and exclusive tracks from artists in the studio can be shared when mentioned in interviews. All this immediacy is powered by push technology that means content changes and appears as soon as it happens without users having to refresh the page.

Powering this content is an extensive new administration and content management system that Kite designed and built on the BBC's Platform. This system allows Interactive Producers working alongside the Programme Producers to simultaneously broadcast their own content, posting photos from the studio, audio and video clips, promotions, competitions and user comments in sync with the on-air broadcast.

Content can be scheduled ahead of time to appear on the page when required - particularly useful for overnight shows. Promotions and the best archive content can also be displayed on demand and Live Video can be turned on and off, immediately appearing for users when something interesting is happening.

The new homepage also allows users to tell Radio 1 & 1Xtra what they love by clicking the little heart that appears on items of content on the homepages. We developed a recommendations engine which suggests content that users might like to see, based on the things they've loved. It's a great way to introduce users to the wealth of amazing, exclusive content that Radio 1 and 1Xtra have built up over the years. We integrate with BBC iD to enable this system and we also allow users to keep track of their favourite DJs in one customised panel.

  • Screenshot of the Radio 1 admin system - Overview
  • Screenshot of the Radio 1 admin system - Track
  • Screenshot of the Radio 1 admin system - Search

Built upon the BBC's infrastructure, we engineered a wide range of technologies to enable this project from XMPP Push services and Java based Restful APIs to HTML 5 client-side code. The homepage integrates with APIs from many other services including the BBC's music and social platforms.

The Radio 1 & 1 Xtra homepages have so far been nominated for Website Of The Year and awarded a 5 out of 5 by Web User magazine.

We're very proud of our work on this project and it represents a huge undertaking for Kite. Working with BBC designers, developers and producers we feel we've changed the way Radio 1 & 1Xtra take advantage of the web in a fundamental way. It doesn't stop here though. The BBC and Kite have got lots more improvements planned. Keep watching (and listening)...

Visit the Radio 1 Homepage

Visit the 1Xtra Homepage