Feeds

BBC's Today Programme shutters message board

Flagship radio news organ enrages pants-wearing web commentariat

High performance access to file storage

BBC Radio 4 news flagship The Today Programme said today it will axe its online message boards at the end of this month, prompting anger and charges of censorship from users.

Editorial changes to the board's rules in 2006 blocked listeners from creating threads on topics of their choice, which one commenter on the closure today wrote had turned a "thriving", and "lively" forum into a "dead hulk".

Others suggested that interventions by right-wing extremists, including the BNP, had wrecked the site. It wouldn't be the first time such a mob has caused the BBC headaches online.

Many raged at the decision to silence the Today community, however. "The closure of this board without the merest attempt at consultation with those of us who use it is nothing more, nor less, than naked, unapologetic censorship. We would expect this kind of thing in China or the old Soviet Union," commenter "barkochba" wrote, accusing the BBC of "Liberal Left" bias.

A spokeswoman categorically denied that the decision to shut the board is related to anything posted by right-wing users.

Today said the closure will be part of a wider revamp to integrate its site more closely with the main BBC News Online pages. Users will be encourage to post their views to the tightly-edited "Have Your Say" section instead, it added.

Having only one interactive comment site would allow people to express their views to a wider audience make savings for the BBC, the spokeswoman said. She refused to say how much money the closure would claw back. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.