If you believe some people on the internet, it heralds the beginning of the apocalypse. For others it was only slightly less worrying than that.
The BBC website is to get rid of its archive of 110,000 recipes on bbc.co.uk/food, and lots of people are not happy.
A petition started this morning to save the recipes has already had over 20,000 signatures at the time of writing, and growing by 1,000 signatures every few minutes.
When the Government is trying to promote healthy eating, surely it is madness to remove such a comprehensive archive which has taken years to create, not to mention time and money. Whilst maintaining and developing it undoubtedly takes investment, simply retaining the archive in its current form is surely not an overly expensive task, especially measured against the meagre cost savings and the loss to the community, as evidenced by the outcry on social media.
Plenty of others took a pop at Rupert Murdoch and the government for pushing the BBC into this situation
— John Prescott (@johnprescott) May 17, 2016
If the BBC reign supreme when it comes to online recipes, it’s for the free market to step up. Not for the BBC to step down.
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) May 17, 2016
— Natasha Hallett (@natashahallett) May 17, 2016
Slightly confused that main result of #Whittingdale zeal for BBC reform seems to be big cull of recipes for spaghetti bolognese
— Christina Patterson (@queenchristina_) May 17, 2016
For 'newspapers', read 'Murdoch'. https://t.co/7lvQ2hDKnh
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) May 17, 2016
Of course, there were plenty of jokes too
"Yes, we removed the recipes from the BBC site, but don't worry, just buy your personal chef some cookbooks" – Government advice (probably)
— Dean Burnett (@garwboy) May 17, 2016
— Golden Fable (@goldenfable) May 17, 2016
— David Wriglesworth (@Wriggy) May 17, 2016
BBC Food removing all their recipes. In other words, The Great British Take Off
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) May 17, 2016
*sidles up to you in a dark alleyway* I hear you've got access to archived bbc food recipes
— Jessie (@notthatjessiej) May 17, 2016
Blame the Tories for this disaster.
Not long before the entire recipes archive turns up on the internet for free though…