Yesterday In Parliament, Radio 4's morning Westminster round-up, is to be reduced to broadcasting just on Long Wave. But as a sop to MPs who signed an Early Day Motion when it was rumoured to be ending altogether, the programme will be extended from 14 minutes a day to 23 minutes a day. Listeners who wish to tune in to politics will be warned about the frequencies splitting, while Radio 4 FM continues with the Today programme until 9am.
The evening Westminster round-up, Today in Parliament, survives but In Committee is to be replaced by a new general politics show, The Westminster Hour. The Week in Westminster, the weekly round-up of politics hosted by guest newspaper journalists, is losing its prime Radio 4 Saturday morning slot, but will move to 8.30pm on Thursday and stay at the same length.
On television the discussion show The Midnight Hour and round-up show On The Record are to be scrapped. They will be replaced by a nightly programme which will combine discussion and a review of daily Westminster events. This will air at midnight on BBC 2 from Monday to Thursday.
In all the BBC is claiming an extra 79 hours of coverage of Parliament a year on radio and TV combined. The changes have come about because of a desire by Radio 4's controller, James Boyle, to stop millions of listeners switching from his network the second Yesterday in Parliament starts.Reuse content