Thousands of recipes ‘to be removed from BBC website’
17 May 2016
- From the section UK
More than 11,000 recipes will be removed from the BBC website as part of a review of the corporation’s online output, it has been reported.
The move is understood to form part of a plan to cut £15m from the corporation’s online budget and focus on distinctive public service content.
Recipes from TV shows will instead remain online for a 30-day period.
A BBC source said online services had to be “high-quality, distinctive, and offer genuine public value”.
It follows the publication of the government’s White Paper on the future of the BBC last week.
James Harding, director of BBC news and current affairs, is expected to brief staff later about the future of online services and the BBC television channels.
A BBC source said: “What we do has to be high quality, distinctive, and offer genuine public value.
“While our audiences expect us to be online, we have never sought to be all things to all people and the changes being announced will ensure that we are not.”
BBC reporter, Catriona Renton
The BBC food website has recipes ranging from how to bake bread, to mastering the perfect lobster thermidor.
There are more than 500 ideas for salads and 3,628 recipes for pies alone.
But as part of the BBC’s aim to offer a slimmed-down, distinctive online service, these are set to be taken off the menu.
Archived menus, many from BBC cookery shows, will be removed and in future recipes from programmes will only be available for a 30-day period.
Last year, Chancellor George Osborne said the BBC website was becoming “a bit more imperial in its ambitions”.
“If you’ve got a website that’s got features and cooking recipes – effectively the BBC website becomes the national newspaper as well as the national broadcaster.
“There are those sorts of issues we need to look at very carefully,” he said.
Outlining the White Paper, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said the BBC must put “distinctive content” at its heart.
He announced the licence fee will continue for at least 11 years and will be linked to inflation – and viewers will need to pay it to use BBC iPlayer at the same time.
He also announced a requirement for all employees and freelancers who earn more than £450,000 to be named.
Source: BBC Entertainment