Earlier this week the BBC announced the shutdown of its popular food and recipe site BBC Food, which contains some 13,000 recipes. A source told the Guardian that the recipes wouldn't be linked to on any external sites and would basically "fall off the face of the internet" after BBC Food ceased to exist.
Brits were outraged, and more than 180,000 people signed a petition to save the site. Following the outcry, the network has now clarified what will happen to its robust recipe archive: "We are glad that so many people care so much about all our content. But just to be clear, we have never said we'd delete all the recipes and nor will we," a BBC spokesperson said. "We currently have two websites and we'll move to one. The recipes you love will still be available and we'll migrate as much of the content as possible to the BBC Good Food website. So you'll still be able to carry on baking and cooking with the BBC."
While the BBC — and its BBC Food arm — is publicly funded by British taxpayers, BBC Good Food is a separate, commercial site that's also the leading food site in the UK. The BBC Food shutdown is part of the broadcaster's efforts to save millions of dollars a year by cutting back its online offerings and focusing more on hard news.