It sucks, it really does. As much as anything else, it seems an odd statement of intent from the BBC. The Who site is safe, obviously; but at a time when we were all hoping that the BBC were waking up to the fact that there’s an audience there who wants some SF, they close the Cult site. Despite it coming only second to News in the BBC’s Online Audience survey.
It’s not just SF, though. The BBC is supposed to provide things that commercial providers don’t. Well, whilst there are plenty of SF magazines, there aren’t nearly as many for cult TV in general; in fact, I can only think of one, which is TV Zone. And that’s mainly SF these days. On the website front, there may be ones I don’t know about, but I can’t see many dealing with cult TV in general; they’re mostly fansites about specific shows, which is a completely different thing.
The worst thing is the following, though: “We’re trying to find alternative bbc.co.uk homes for some sites, but much of the content will be removed from the servers, and that which remains will not be maintained.” Why the fuck remove a lot of the content? WHY? What harm does it do to leave it there, unmaintained?
This is all very sad. And very silly. I thought the BBC was supposed to be for everyone? Well, by closing this down, they’ve effectively said that the BBC isn’t for me. It’s slightly insulting, really.