The BBC has axed its long-running arts programme The Review Show just days after director-general Tony Hall pledged to put culture ‘at the very heart’ of the corporation.

The show, which has been on air in different formats for more than 20 years, moved from its weekly slot on BBC Two last year to be broadcast monthly on BBC Four.

Familiar faces on the show, which is presented by Martha Kearney and Kirsty Wark and features a panel of commentators discussing the week’s cultural events, include novelist Ian Rankin and broadcaster Tony Parsons.

Speaking to an invited audience of figures from the arts world earlier this week, Mr Hall announced a raft of new initiatives and told them: “We want to put the arts at the very heart of the BBC.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “This Sunday’s Review Show will be the last.

“The series has made a valuable contribution over many years but as outlined this week, the BBC has ambitious plans for arts on TV, radio and online.

“Review will continue to have a place across the BBC alongside more topical arts coverage.”


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