Over 300 jobs at the BBC are being cut in a bid to have a more “streamlined” online service.
Hundreds of websites and 360 jobs would be lost at the corporation, it was announced today.
The BBC was cutting its online budget by 25 per cent from £137 million to £103 million by 2013/14.
Director-general Mark Thompson said BBC Online was a “huge success but our vast portfolio of websites means we sometimes falls short of expectation”.
“A refocusing on our editorial priorities, a commitment to the highest quality standards and a more streamlined and collegiate way of working will help us transform BBC Online for the future,” he said.
The online service would now be divided into 10 different products including, news, sport, CBeebies, TV and iPlayer, and weather.
BBC executive Roly Keating said it aimed to close around half of the 400 stand alone websites and webpages set up previously.
The youth-orientated BBC Switch, Video Nation, and a number of forums, blogs and messages boards were some of the services that would go.
There would also be a reduction in sports news.
The job losses included 70 journalism positions, 24 in sport and around 90 in BBC Vision.
Mr Thompson denied the cuts had been forced on the BBC but said it had taken on “points made to us by the industry about the BBC's market impact”.