Show me the content

I saw the story about Clare Short resigning on Google News and clicked through to the story on the Times’ website. Now, here’s a screenshot of what I saw:

Thumbnail of the Times Website

Where’s the actual content?!? Top quarter of the page is advertising and headers, two thirds of the rest is standard navigation, contextual navigation and more adverts. That means about 25% of the screenshot is actual news content (including the photograph). I know that advertising is an important revenue stream, but the combination of the ads and the navigation stuff makes it almost impossible to read the actual story comfortably. The other thing is that all the content is squished into the first two thirds of the width of my monitor, which leaves a great big blank space on the right hand side. Bah!

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