The Internet has certainly become the go-to place for finding and storing recipes every since someone thought to put the instructions for their Grandma's chocolate chip cookies into HTML. We've only come to rely on the web to hang on to things for us more and more over the years, in fact that's what Pinterest is all about. So when the BBC released their report on upcoming cost-cutting measures it's no wonder people went into a tizzy over the plans to delete the entire BBC Food website and it's 11,000+ recipes. The broadcasting and media service claims shutting down the site along with a few others would save them roughly £15M annually. Currently a change.org petition to stop the deletion of BBC Food has garnered over 180,000 signatures, putting the entity that's supposed to answer to the people in a tough position.
It may seem like folks in the UK are just taking the Internet's impermanence for granted (then again some things stay online no matter how hard you try to erase them), but keep in mind the BBC is a public service paid for by every citizen with an annual fee. In short, the people own those recipes and the server space they're housed on, and the website exists to provide free, independent information about food and diet that any Brit can access. But like any responsible government agency (assuming those exist) the BBC is also trying to eliminate wasteful spending and stay within their budget to provide the public with the best service possible. Sometimes that means doing a little housecleaning.