One of the areas the review considered was what role the BBC should have in providing external websearch. We asked BBC management to take a decision on the future of the search function following the review. (See action 2 on page 16 of the report and pages 53-54 for more detail on the Trust's view on this matter). We stated that we would report publicly on any decision taken.
In December 2008, BBC management informed the Trust that after consideration it intended to remove the external search engine on BBC Online. The Trust noted that this was in line with its own assessment and that the external websearch would cease on January 29 2009