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Society of Authors protests about Radio 4 cutting short story broadcasts

19 July 2011

Society of Authors protests about Radio 4 cutting short story broadcasts The Society of Authors has complained to the BBC about plans to cut Radio 4 short story broadcasts from three a week to one from spring 2012

Radio 4, the world's biggest commissioner of short stories, will still commission around 100 stories each year. The cuts were announced on 6 July as part of controller Gwyneth Williams' first reorganisation of the Radio 4 schedule.

The Society of Authors announced yesterday (18 July) that they had sent Gwyneth Williams a letter of complaint, which included the following passage: 'The short story is experiencing a revival in popularity, having proved a perfect medium for the internet age; it is excellent for podcast and download. We are surprised that the BBC has not seen the commercial possibilities of this format.'

'It would be a huge shame if this BBC legacy of fostering the art of storytelling, which it has done so well for so long, were to be reduced.  Especially when one considers that only a few years ago there were five broadcasts a week,' the letter continued.

The Society of Authors urges people who feel strongly about these cuts to fill in the online petition at the National Short Story Week website (http://www.nationalshortstoryweek.org.uk/noshortstorycuts.htm ) and to write individually to Gwyneth Williams.

Website: http://www.societyofauthors.org/soa-news/bbc-radio-4-short-story-cuts

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