The BBC has axed its veteran arts round up programme The Review Show in the same week that BBC director-general Tony Hall promised a greater commitment to arts coverage.
The Corporation has confirmed days of speculation that this Sunday’s edition of the Kirsty Wark-fronted show will be the last after 20 years.
The news comes in the same week that Hall announced an 18% increase in the spending on arts programming for 2015/16. This will bring the BBC’s annual spend to £18.25m a year, with promised efficiencies said to be enabling the expansion.
Announcing the “strongest commitment to the arts we’ve made in a generation” Hall revealed plans for a new BBC Arts strand and partnerships with Shakespeare’s Globe, Glyndebourne and the Hay Festival. However he steered clear of discussing the Review Show which had been rumoured to be on its last legs for weeks.
The Review Show started as BBC2’s The Late Review in 1994 before becoming an addendum to the channel’s flagship news show as The Newsnight Review in 2001.
It was relaunched as The Review Show when it moved from London to Glasgow in 2010 and remained a weekly fixture on BBC2 until it moved to BBC4 last year.
Many people had speculated that this move would eventually spell the end of the show – and so it has proved.