Huggers defends BBC websites' closure

Plans to close down about 200 of BBC's websites will help its commercial rivals, says Erik Huggers,

The Guardian reports that Huggers, the BBC's director of future media and technology, argued that the BBC's expansionist tendencies were a natural consequence of the free-flowing nature of the internet, which, unlike radior or television, offers no spectrum constraints.

He said that the BBC now needed to be more focussed, improve their quality level, and "reprioritise what we do best". The focus at BBC Online would now be on "doing less a lot better."

Huggers did not say how many employees would be axed when the websites are closed.

He said about 400 top-level domain websites would be reviewed in the closure programme. Half of these websites are expected to be closed or merged in a couple of years.