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BBC’s Huggers: 400 Domains In Closure, Merger Review

By Mark Sweney: Erik Huggers, the BBC digital chief, has promised its closure of 200 websites is not simply an exercise in cutting dead wood and will help rivals.

Huggers, in an interview with MediaGuardian, said the BBC expansionist tendencies that had angered commercial rivals were a natural consequence of the internet being a medium with no boundaries.

Our mistake was allowing our web presence to sprawl, a natural consequence of not being constrained by spectrum,” he said. “We need to be more focused, and do it much better… we need to improve the quality level, and reprioritise on what we do best.”

Huggers, who refused to be drawn on how many jobs might be cut

This article originally appeared in © Guardian News & Media Ltd..