BBC will close its food and Newsbeat websites

BBC confirms that the measure comes due to £15 million cuts

With the closing of the BBC food section, around 11.000 recipes will be archived after the measure will take effect, which means they will still be available to search for. Nevertheless, BBC Worldwide’s Good Food site will stay on-line and active.

News Magazine featuring lifestyle news and iWonder website will also shut. BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat and BBC News Online will follow the same plan.

Travel news will still be available on-line. Travel site and the BBC Travel app will close instead.

James Harding, Director of BBC News & Current Affairs, commented on the decision:

“The internet requires the BBC to redefine itself, but not its mission.

“The BBC’s purpose online is to provide a distinctive public service that informs, educates and entertains.

“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.”

BBC admitted that it is forced to shut down some of its websites as a plan to save £15 million and address commercial on-line publishers competition.