Pot boils over in BBC recipe site shutdown
A BBC plan to shut down its recipe website left Britons simmering on Tuesday at the demise of a resource offering free tips on cooking everything from lemon drizzle cake to scrambled eggs.
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition opposing the mothballing of 11,000 recipes as part of a push to cut costs at the public service broadcaster.
Thousands also took to Twitter to protest.
"Can't imagine there is anyone in the UK who cooks who won't be upset," wrote user Olivia Crellin.
"Literally 90 per cent of my dinners are from #bbcrecipes," added Aniqah C.
A BBC spokesman insisted that while the website was being closed and no further recipes would be added, people would still be able to access existing ones.
But media reports suggested the recipes could become hard to find.
The broadcaster said in a statement that its online activities would now focus on "six flagship areas after a review to ensure they remain high quality and distinctive".
These include news, sport and "ideas" - arts, culture, history and science.
Other sites being closed include travel and some local news pages.
The BBC is under pressure from Prime Minister David Cameron's government to slim down as ministers implement a programme of biting austerity cuts.
The cuts confirmed on Tuesday come as part of £700 million (S$1.4 billion) in overall savings which the BBC must make by 2021 or 2022.