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BBC app announces major move to 'subscription-only' service – users unsure of price

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The BBC's Good Food app, which has been free to download and available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices ever since it launched, is moving to a subscription-only model.

The BBC said: "So we can keep investing in more of the recipes and cooking inspiration you value most, we are about to move the app to a subscription-only package.

"As a subscriber, you'll enjoy all the new features and benefits as well as exclusive recipes every month.

"Plus the app is going to be completely ad-free."

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The BBC's Good Food app is moving to a subscription-only model (Image: Getty)

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It is not yet known whether the app will require payment, though there are fears that people may now have to pay for the previously free content.

BBC Good Food has been a popular recipe resource in British households for more than 30 years.

Its website, magazine, cookbooks and apps include cooking ideas and tips by popular celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsey and Mary Berry.

BBC Good Food app

The change is due to help the BBC 'keep investing' in recipes and inspiration for users (Image: BBC)

The company describes BBC Good Food as "the go-to destination for everything to do with food".

The prospect of a shift from a free to a paid-for resource is set to spark debate among users, with some already taking to social media to share their thoughts.

One, Mark_P0x0n, said: "I can't see how much the subscription is but this sounds bad.

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BBC Good Food has been a 'go-to' resource for Britons for decades (Image: Getty)

"Hope I get the chance to download my favourite recipes."

Steve wrote: "Hold onto your hats.

"The BBC Good Food App is moving to subscription-only service!"

Evie Calaby asked: "Can anyone recommend a good & free cooking/recipe app?

"BBC Good Food are moving to subscription-only and I need dinner inspo at least three times a week."

The announcement comes at a turbulent time for the broadcaster, with its licence fee, which is required to watch the BBC's services, under severe scrutiny.

The BBC has been approached for comment.