BBC Online Creative Review

The BBC Online Creative Review sets out a route to a more focused and distinctive service. By cutting back the spread of websites, apps and other operations it will deliver a total saving of more than £15 million, or 15% of the service’s editorial spend.
Date: 17.05.2016     Last updated: 17.05.2016 at 12.07
The BBC’s ambition online is to provide a distinctive public service that informs, educates and entertains.

We will do this online by focusing our energy and creativity on six flagship areas:

  • Trusted, impartial and accurate news – BBC News
  • The best in live sports coverage and sports news – BBC Sport
  • Where UK children come to learn and play in safety – iPlay and BBC Bitesize
  • High-quality entertainment that enriches our lives – BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio
  • The best of arts and culture, history and science – the Ideas Service
  • Historic moments, national events – BBC Live

But the BBC is also facing a tough set of financial challenges. Our online operations will be part of how we meet an immediate £150 million savings target by 2017/18, and a longer-term £800 million challenge by 2021/22.

This Online Creative Review sets out a route to a more focused and distinctive service. By cutting back the spread of websites, apps and other operations it will deliver a total saving of more than £15 million, or 15% of the service’s editorial spend.

In the next 12 months the following services will either be closed or scaled down, subject to any regulatory approval required. We will:

  • Close the BBC iWonder service, but redeploy its formats across BBC Online
  • Close the BBC’s Food website. BBC Worldwide’s Good Food site will remain
  • Focus on distinctive long-form journalism online under a Current Affairs banner and close the online News Magazine
  • Integrate Newsbeat output into BBC News Online, but close the separate Newsbeat site and app
  • Continue to offer travel news online as part of BBC News but close the BBC Travel site and halt development of the BBC Travel app
  • Stop running local news index web pages, offering instead an open stream on our rolling guide to BBC and local news provider stories, ‘Local Live’
  • Remove ring-fenced funding for BBC iPlayer-only commissions
  • Reduce funding for BBC Connected Studio, the digital innovation programme, with innovation increasingly funded within business-as-usual and the Studio maintained as an enabler of innovation
  • Reduce digital radio and music social media activity and additional programme content that is not core to services.