Newsbeat is a shame considering the downgrading of BBC Three to online. However, I suspect the demographic is using the main BBC News site.
Agree, I doubt the Newsbeat site and app are getting that much use. If you want BBC News, you'll probably visit the main site. If you want LOLs you'll probably go to BuzzFeed.
Still though, the survival of the Daily Drop and the BBC Three listicle/gif crap is annoying. I suspect it's being moved North so no-one misses the Drop when it gets dropped in the future.
Also, I won't be sad to see the back of BBC News Magazine. It always seemed to try too hard, having a bit of a funny over-familiar tone for BBC News, yet remained bland enough so as to not provoke any controversy. As a result, it just generated so much guff:
- Why do we procrastinate so much?
- Is it legal to attack a seagull?
- What do Tube drivers do and how much do they earn?
- Is a tea break at work good for productivity?
- Is it dangerous for dogs to fetch sticks?
You could tell when it was a hot day in London as is nearly always something like "How to cool down in a hot office", "Why is the Tube so hot?", "Why won't they let me have a BBQ in the park outside my house?" I suppose they were just trying to get in on the click-bait game, but have thankfully decided to stop it.
I am a bit sad about Food though, I think online recipes complement the programmes so it isn't an online service for the sake of it. In fact, wasn't setting up the Food website partly a streamlining of the early days where nearly programme created it's own website on the bbc domain and they were all over the place?