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Backlash as BBC to close food website


TV chef Nigella Lawson

TV chef Nigella Lawson

TV chef Nigella Lawson

Thousands of food recipes the BBC had said would be removed from its website will in fact be archived - and still available to look at online.

The corporation said it will close its food website, BBC Food, as part of plans to save €19m and stop ­competing with commercial online sites that already provide such content.

The move led to a public backlash, with more than 25,000 people signing a petition demanding that the BBC rethink its plans to axe access to recipes by renowned TV chefs such as Nigella Lawson, James Martin and Mary Berry.

The move is part of wider plans to scale back certain BBC activities online.