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Short stories down the (BBC) tube

BBC 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.¬†That’s why we were so surprised and disappointed to learn that from next spring the short story output on BBC Radio 4 will be reduced to just one story a week.

Radio’s a great format for short stories, & it seems to me that in this ‘modern age’, I’d expect short stories to be on the ascent, & novellas to take over from novels. But I’ve been wrong before.

Click above for more of the story and a petition.