BBC facing huge public backlash over plans to axe recipes0
While the recipes will not be permanently deleted, they will not be visible to casual browsers of the BBC website, and will sink down the Google search rankings, rendering them invisible to anyone who does not know the exact web address for each recipe.
The BBC Good Food website, which is run by the corporation’s commercial arm and also features recipes, will remain online.
A petition on the change.org website, calling for the plans to be scrapped, has attracted more than 60,000 signatures, while Emily Maitlis, the Newsnight presenter, wrote on Twitter: “Did someone actually sit down and think right, what’s the one cut we can make which will displease everyone and save no money?”
The BBC will also close its travel website, but will still offer travel news on its main online news service, while magazine-style features will be replaced by long-form current affairs pieces. The review said: “The BBC is not, nor does it have ambitions to be, a magazine publisher.”
The recently-launched iWonder service will also be axed, while the corporation’s online local news offering will be reformatted to give far greater prominence to stories from local newspapers.
James Harding, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, said: “We will stop doing some things where we’re duplicating our work, for example of food, and scale back services, such as travel, where there are bigger, better-resourced services in the market.”