BBC to shut popular food site to save money despite backlash

AP News
Posted: May 17, 2016 7:25 AM

LONDON (AP) — Anyone with a favorite recipe on the BBC's foodie website would be wise to bookmark it fast — the popular site is to be shuttered as a cost-cutting measure.

The move has sparked a backlash on radio talk shows and Twitter as avid users complained about the shutdown.

BBC officials on Tuesday sought to reassure the cooking public by saying that stay-at-home chefs will still be able to access the more than 11,000 recipes if they have bookmarked them or know their URL.

The BBC Food website closure is part of a plan to cut spending by more than 15 million pounds ($21.7 million).

Officials say the food website will be closed within the next 12 months along with BBC News Magazine and other properties.