The off switch looms - some of the BBC's Online sites to close
Well it is official - Mark Thompson has just come out in public to say that some of the BBC's online services do not meet our new "Public Value" tests and that we will be announcing closures in the coming weeks.
"However, this being a naughty world, some of you may nonetheless find yourselves wondering if this whole public value test isn't really just a fancy new way of rubber-stamping everything that the BBC intends to do anyway.
All I would say is that we're in the middle of a dry run, applying the test according to the principles set out in Building Public Value to our online services.
Interestingly, although much of the BBC's online offering has passed the test, not all of it has.
As a result, we intend to announce the closure of some of the BBC's online sites within the next few weeks."
Mark Thompson - Building Public Value - Tuesday 29 June 2004
It isn't mentioned in the main press office brief though.