Amateur archivist saves 172 BBC websites from oblivion

Ben Goldacre has taken steps to preserve 172 websites that the BBC has arbitrarily decided to delete as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

He purchased a $3.99 ‘low end box’ type VPS server and began the crawl of the BBC servers, capturing the content of the doomed websites and making them available in a torrent file for people to download and distribute, thereby ensuring that the publicly-funded content is still available, somewhere.

In actual fact, it would have cost very little to retain the websites – other than the miniscule traffic bandwidth the sites might incur. It’s claimed the deletions of the sites is part of a rationalisation process of trimming down the overall scale of