The BBC has announced it will have to greatly reduce the amount of online content, in order to cut its online budget by £34million. Hundreds of jobs and websites are set to be axed.
Some of the sites that are set to be axed include teen site Switch, skills website RAW, creative teen service Blast, documentary website Video Nation and community sites h2g2 and 606. The cuts also mean that radio stations such as 1Xtra, 6music and Radio 7 will become automated.
The corporation is insisting that these cuts are necessary in order to provide a re-focused, more distinctive platform that will be better suited to compete with commercial websites. However, this is little comfort for the 360 people who will lose their jobs.
General director of the BBC, Mark Thompson said: “BBC Online is a huge success, but our vast portfolio of websites means we sometimes fall short of expectation.
“A refocusing on our editorial priorities, a commitment to the highest quality standards, and a more streamlined and collegiate way of working will help us transform BBC Online for the future.”
BBC’s hugely popular iPlayer will also see some changes in the cuts, in order for it to be “re-shaped into a unified offering, bringing together programming and programming information with archive content.” Although it is not yet clear what this actually means.
The cuts are necessary for the BBC to cut about 20 percent of its £137million online budget.