BBC album reviews website to close

The times they are, always, a-changing:

The BBC has been quietly downsizing its online operations for sometime now. Partly to save money, and partly amidst pressure from commercial newspaper and magazine owners who argued that the BBC website that emerged in the early days of mainstream net usage, with large quantities of text-based features not directly linked to the Beeb’s TV or radio shows or the BBC News machine, took the Corporation outside its remit as a licence-fee funded broadcaster.

The BBC’s online output is therefore increasingly directly linked to TV and radio output, and increasingly centres on audio and video rather than long-form written content. In this environment, the future of the BBC music reviews site had been uncertain for a while.

via BBC to shut album reviews website | CMU: Complete Music Update.

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