No short story cuts on Radio 4

The petition is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who signed it and emailed in support of the short story on Radio 4. Sadly, after almost 40 years, regular short stories throughout the week on Radio 4 are no more. However, the strength of feeling shown by listeners and writers around the world did lead to some concessions - so keep listening to the stories that are broadcast on Fridays at 3.45pm and Sundays at 7.45pm.

Radio 4 has been a fantastic champion of the short story and short story writers for many years. It provides one of very few opportunities in the UK for both new and established writers to have their short stories broadcast to a large national audience, and for radio listeners to enjoy readings of the short story form.

As our national public service broadcaster we look to the BBC to continue its unparalleled commitment to the short story, and to writers, readers and listeners of short stories.

We the undersigned urge Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4, to reverse the decision to reduce the short story output on Radio 4.



  • bill dawson when short story writing (and reading) boosted by the use of technology is at an all time high, it seems rather strange that the bbc has seen fit to reduce R4's output. and to be replaced by...what?

  • Brian Timmis I have been listening to BBC Radio 4 for over 40 years and have been stimulated in an entertaining way by its creative output.
    Often I have been moved, sometimes annoyed, occasionally outraged, by what I have heard.
    The short story slot, along with the afternoon play, has been a major stimulation in my "fictional" life and balanced the demands of my "normal" life.
    Changes to content, as in all evolutionary processes are desirable, but the closing down of successful formulae is not.
    Think again, middle management statisticians, and find somewhere else to ply your ill-considered ideas.
    (Join the Government-you'd be welcome there!)

  • J Miller As a newly emerging writer who has spent a lifetime listening to Radio 4 and looking forward to a time when I too could take time out to indulge my desire to write I am utterly disappointed that this opportunity to showcase work is being axed

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