The petition says that the BBC's food recipe website is "is expected to be culled, save for those recipes linked to recently transmitted food programs."
"This is a much loved and used website and a precious resource for people across the country providing easy, free and importantly independent information on a vast range of foods and recipe options. The database provides inspiration for those with a few ingredients to come up with meal ideas and cook from scratch."
Last week, the BBC was ordered to make cost savings following the publication of the government's White Paper, a policy document on the future of the BBC and the renewal of its Royal Charter, an agreement with the government on the BBC's funding and objectives in its role as public broadcaster over the next 11 years.
The White Paper paved the way for more spending cuts at the BBC – generally, a much-loved British institution – as the income it receives from license fee (meant to be paid by all U.K. households that access BBC output) has been frozen at £3.7 billion a year until 2022. As such, savings must be found and the BBC's website was earmarked early on as a possible target for cuts.
Defenders of the BBC's website fear that a wealth of useful know-how will be lost, however, and are pleading with the corporation to keep the recipes. There has been the suggestion that the commercial BBC Good Food website could take some of the recipes on too.