A few weeks ago, when talking with someone who worked at the BBC Online, I was stunned to learn the massive scale of its operation. Now the government is ordering the broadcaster to shut down some of those reported 20,000 Web sites. The BBC is shutting five down, and is promising to limit its online budget to about £21-million-a-year, down from a £73 million this year. A cut that size will have a dramatic affect on the services offered by BBC Online, but still leaves them with an budget many Canadian sites would envy.
Despite the restrictions, the BBC is still advocating the idea of allowing the public unrestricted access to its archives. BoingBong has an excerpt from, and a link to, the broadcaster’s license renewal/plan for the next ten years.