I do wonder whether the timing of these closures is slightly political. It's worth noting that the creative review states that it "sets out a route to a more focused and distinctive service". With the BBC being told by the government via the white paper to be more distinct I wonder if they're using BBC Online to illustrate what might happen to TV & Radio if force to make distinctive programming.
Personally I'll miss the travel section as I've always used it as my first call. I guess the BBC's argument is that this is already covered by the likes of the AA. I guess the food website was somewhat inevitable, though it's good to see they've now announced it'll migrate to the Good Food website.
With the local news site's it's a shame to see they plan to move to just a local live page. When they trialled it last year I didn't like the appearance of the pages, and was glad when they reverted back to the current look.
The closure of iWonder does seem slightly odd, as it was part of the new 'Knowledge & Learning' product. It'll be interesting to see whether articles move to the other existing Science & History sites, or whether these might also quietly close.
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