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Channel 4 axes T4 as music shows get overhaul

Channel 4 axes T4 as music shows get overhaul
Channel 4 axes T4 as music shows get overhaul (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Channel 4 has reportedly axed its weekend morning slot T4 as part of a planned relaunch of the station's music programming. According to The Sun the show - which launched the careers of a host of presenters including Vernon Kay, Dermot O'Leary, Alexa Chung, Nick Grimshaw and Steve Jones - will end in December, and is likely to be replaced by a new Friday night music show. Vernon Kay was among the first to express sadness at the news, saying on his Twitter page,"Very sad T4 is ending. The start of great things for many many people, in front of and behind the camera!! I loved it and always will." Channel 4 head of formats Dominic Bird said that they were currently looking at formats for the new music show, which would begin early next year. "This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to develop a credible popular music show for Friday nights," he told The Sun. "While T4 has historically been a much loved destination for our young audiences, its popularity has diminished over time due to the digital revolution. Now is the right time to look at more appropriate ways to serve our young viewers."

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.