Kids game portal BBC Jam to close after competition complaints
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Thursday, March 15, 2007
Kids will have to look elsewhere for educational entertainment, after the European Commission received complaints that the British Broadcasting Corporation's website was "unfair competition" to the commercial online games market.
BBC jam offers educationally-oriented games aimed at 5 to 16-year-olds, created with an operating budget of £150 million (US$290 million) over five years, US$85 million of which allocated to independent content producers. The government funded service is formally requesting proposals on how it should promote education and learning digitally, without being "non-compliant".
NUT Cymru, a Welsh teachers' union, is worried about the closure.
|As a union we believe that education should be a public service and when you start talking about the commercial online companies the alarm bells start ringing and we think 'has this been too successful?' It's only 15 months old and it's been cut at very short notice. It makes us very worried. One wonders to what extent commercial companies are going to step into the gap that the BBC has left in terms of Welsh language provision.|
- Gary Rusak "BBC drops kids Jam web portal after commercial gamecos complain to EC". KidScreen Magazine, March 14, 2007
- "'Worry' over suspended BBC site". BBC News Online, March 14, 2007