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172 BBC Websites Saved For Just £3.99: Your Money Not Wasted

by | 10th, February 2011

THE  BBC is to close 200 websites. (It has over  400 websites .) And 172 of these are to be closed down permanently.

Anyone who has paid their licence fee has funded these sites. The web cost of the £142.50 annual licence fee is just £0.67 per month . How much do  EastEnders cost, and other pisspoor shows about home improvement and anything and everything on BBC Three? Save the web. Cull the telly.

But for just £3.99, a technical experts has saved all the 172 sites and put them into a downloadable torrent. He/she tells us:

Download the  bbc.closing.sites.archive.torrent file

On Monday 24th January 2011  the BBC announced that it would be restructuring its online department with 360 job losses and the deletion of 200 of its top level directories (including the websites that live under them eg http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast). 172 of of those top level directories are due to be deleted within the coming 12 months.

Most of these sites are already  ‘mothballed’ , which means that the BBC has discontinued the development of these websites on a day-to-day basis. However with this announcement the BBC has decided to go further and physically delete these sites from its websites thus removing them from the Internet altogether in the name of significant cost savings.

As time goes on, the on-going cost of storing this website data decreases to the extent that it is practically nothing by today’s costs.

The purpose of this project is to show how the entire 172 public facing websites that are earmarked for deletion have been copied, archived, distributed and republished online independently for the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee (around $3.99).

In other words the true cost saving of this horrendous exercise is nothing more than your morning’s grande skinny caramel latte.

Why has this come about?

Senior BBC management, who amusingly often incorrectly refer to their top level directories as “top level domains”, are taking the drastic action of deleting almost half of their website catalogue of sites. The reason for this is to demonstrate cost savings within the department which form part of the BBC’s response to a net decrease in the size of the license fee it may collect, as determined by the UK Government. Although we are in harsh economic times with cuts across the board, these attempts to downsize and weaken the organization began with the  Hutton Inquiry in 2003 under the Labour government and continue through to today under the Tory/LibDem coalition (now catalyzed by the influence of 3rd parties with their own agendas  such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp ).

A weaker BBC means a weaker free press and in turn a weaker British democracy and society at large.

The purpose of this project is to expose the ‘cost savings’ of this proposed exercise as nothing more than a charade to appease the detractors to a strong BBC and to curry favour with the current

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