BBC Radio 2 will air the last episode of Melodies for You this weekend after nearly 50 years on air.
The music programme, which has been broadcast on Radio 2 since the 1960s, is to be dropped when current presenter Alan Titchmarsh’s contract runs out on 28 August.
The 7pm Sunday evening slot will be filled in the short term with a series of documentaries looking at the songwriting talents of greats such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin and Irving Berlin.
Bob Shennan, controller of the station, is considering options for a long-term replacement that features light music and popular classics.
Titchmarsh, who has been the presenter of the Sunday evening programme for four and a half years, is understood to be in discussions with the station over whether he will continue as a presenter for other shows, including a series on operetta in 2012.
Shennan said of axing the programme: “It was a tough decision but, with Alan’s contract coming up for renewal, I am taking the opportunity to review the way Radio 2 presents popular classic and light music.”
Titchmarsh added: “I’m heartened the music will continue to be broadcast on Radio 2 and I’m looking forward to working on other programmes on the network.”
The final episode of Melodies for You will broadcast at 7pm on Sunday 28 August.