The BBC has backtracked on its decision to axe Radio 4’s long-running arts programme Saturday Review.
In April it was announced a weekly round-up episode of daily arts show Front Row would replace the programme, prompting consternation and a petition.
But Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams has since confirmed Saturday Review will be retained – “for now”.
“After a great deal of consideration I will be keeping the show on air at this time,” she said.
“Bearing in mind the challenging financial climate I am glad that, for now, I’m able to have both Front Row and Saturday Review as part of Radio 4’s ambitious and wide-ranging arts content.”
Tom Sutcliffe, who presents the show, tweeted that he was “delighted” and “very grateful” for the rethink.
Saturday Review is broadcast at 19:15 on Saturday nights, the same Front Row is aired on weeknights.