BBC to remove 11,000 recipes from website as part of review
Recipes from TV shows will remain online for 30 days instead of indefinitely
The BBC will remove more than 11,000 recipes from its website as part of a review of its online content. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
The BBC will remove more than 11,000 recipes from its website as part of a review of its online content, reports said.
The move is expected to be part of plans to save £15 million.
The BBC said online services had 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,” the corporation said.
Head of news and current affairs James Harding will brief staff on Tuesday on the future of online services.
Recipes from TV programmes will remain online for 30 days as opposed to being available indefinitely.
The announcement follows the publication of a government White Paper on the future of the BBC which sets out a future plan for the corporation, including maintaining the licence fee.
Anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe announced plans earlier this month to publish the chef’s recipes from the website on the blog cookingonabootstrap.com, saying: “I learned to cook on the dole using free recipes online and for the BBC to reduce this vital service is an abomination.”