BBC plans to cut back web site, services

The BBC has plans to close down half its sprawling web site and will also close two radio stations, according to the Times. The corporation will promise to cut spending on imported American junk in a far-reaching review of its activities.

The initiative is likely designed to head off Murdoch-inspired Tory attacks on the Corporation, just in case the slimy boys in blue win the coming General Election.

Digital radio stations 6 Music and Asian Network will close if the Times' sources are correct. Services Switch and Blast!, which are targetted at teenagers, will also be axed.

The report was apparently written by John Tate, who also co-wrote the Conservatives' 2005 manifesto with David "Airbrush" Cameron.

The Times said the cunning plan will boost the BBC2 budget by £25 million so that it can go "upmarket". A cut in the budget for US shows will pay for the move.

Half of the Corporation's online output will be axed with 25 per cent of staff on the BBC's site also facing re-location or the boot. It's current budget of £112 million will also be slashed by a quarter, according to the report.

Other fiddling is targetted at the Beeb's Worldwide and publishing arms.

Rupert Murdoch has lead an attack on the BBC claiming it competes with his interests. Well someone's got to Rupe. We can't see that the News of the World provides much of a public service.