Start saving those recipes! BBC closes BBC Food and other sites in £15m budget cut
After much chatter surrounding its future, the BBC has announced it will be dropping a whole lot of content from its online output. The most controversial of these changes – all of which follow the publication of the government’s White Paper on the future of the BBC – is the decision to drop approximately 11,000 online recipes from the hugely popular BBC Food site.
A source has revealed that the service’s vast library of recipes is being “archived or mothballed”, and will “fall off the face of the internet” after the food site is closed. These plans will not affect commercial services such as BBC Good Food. However, as well as its Food website, the BBC plans to close its Newsbeat website, online News Magazine, Travel site, iWonder service and more over the next 12 months. The broadcaster also intends to reduce its digital radio and music social media activity, plus additional programme content that is not core to services.
It is said this will help the corporation to save £15m a year from its online budget, and to focus on its more “distinctive public service content”. The move comes after criticism that the BBC was not offering services that were distinct enough from newspapers.
Predictably, and quite rightly, an online petition to save the BBC’s recipe archive has attracted thousands of supporters so far, with campaigners branding it a “precious resource”. If you agree, click here to plead with the BBC to keep the recipes and find cost savings elsewhere.