BBC To Shut Down Recipe Website And Other Online Services As Part...

BBC To Shut Down Recipe Website And Other Online Services As Part Of Cost Reduction


BBC Worldwide’s Good Food website and magazine will remain. 
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The BBC will close the hugely-popular food section of its website, along with other sites, as part of a drive to improve its online content and save money.

The British public broadcaster announced Tuesday that it would be closing and consolidating a number of apps and online services such as food, local news and travel, over the next year, TechCrunch reported.

The BBC also plans to cut down costs for original content, aiming for a “more focused and distinctive service,” and saving $22 million — 15 percent of its annual editorial spending.

The decision means that the 11,000 recipes in the BBC’s food section will be “archived or mothballed” after it is closed, according to the Guardian.

The individual URLs for each recipe will stay live, but will not be linked from any other part of the website. Recipes from TV programs will be maintained, but only for 30 days after the show has been broadcast.

BBC Worldwide’s Good Food website and magazine will remain.

The BBC also plans to close the online News Magazine, but its “long-form journalism” will continue in some way.

Digital radio and music social media activity will be reduced, as will other programs that are not core services.

The company has also proposed to close iWonder, a science and culture service, along with BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat program, integrating its output into BBC News Online.

Some travel news will continue, but the BBC’s travel site will close and halt development of the travel app.

The proposals were delivered by head of BBC news and current affairs James Harding, who said in a statement that the Internet required “the BBC to redefine itself, but not its mission.”

“The Review sets out what we want to be famous for online: trusted news; the place where children come to learn and play; high quality entertainment; live sports coverage and sports news; arts and culture, history and science; and historic moments, national events,” he added. “And we are going to focus our energy on these six areas: BBC News; iPlay and BBC Bitesize; BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio; BBC Sport; the Ideas Service; and BBC Live. We will stop doing some things where we’re duplicating our work, for example on food, and scale back services, such as travel, where there are bigger, better-resourced services in the market.”

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