A few days ago I blogged about a new British Library microsite at http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-british-library-newspapers-site.html - looks like this might be the eventual portal.
The British Library and brightsolid are working in partnership to digitise up to 40 million pages of newspapers over the course of 10 years. The first tranche of newspaper pages (upwards of 1.5 million pages) will be launched on a dedicated microsite this autumn. You can now register at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to be the first to know when the newspapers go online. After the launch, records will also be made available through brightsolid’s own family history websites, findmypast.co.uk and Genes Reunited.