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The BBC is reportedly planning to reduce its online services in an effort to fight US streaming competitors like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The Beeb hopes this will make its content easier to find for viewers.

The corporation will focus on eight key areas: iPlayer, news, music and spoken word, weather, sport, children’s content, BBC Bitesize and the homepage.

The BBC Earth and BBC Arts sections of the BBC’s website are said to be for the chop. The site will also have fewer features and less celebrity gossip.

By focussing on core content, the BBC hopes to see off competition from US streaming rivals.

“In the global market, against well-resourced competitors, we have to concentrate on a smaller number of services that deliver our best content online,” BBC director general Tony Hall told staff recently.

A BBC source told the Daily Telegraph: “The strategy will mean reducing over time the production of online content that is less used by the public. We are already evolving BBC iPlayer to reflect changing patterns of consumption.

“iPlayer set the standard that others have followed. We need to leap ahead once more.”

Source: The Guardian

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