After over three decades, Melbourne’s 3RRR community radio station is pulling the plug on the Saturday afternoon film show, Film Buff’s Forecast, citing a decision to switch to an all-music format on Saturdays.
Host Paul Harris has let it be known that the final episode will be broadcast on March 25.
A veteran of Melbourne’s film community, Harris is also the director of the St. Kilda Film Festival and a former columnist for The Age. 3RRR reportedly offered him a one hour slot on Sunday afternoons, halving his airtime, but Harris declined, preferring to wrap up the show on his own terms.
3RRR posted a statement acknowledging the show’s cancellation and thanking Harris for his service, saying, “Paul’s enthusiasm, dedication, hard work and enormous film knowledge will be greatly missed and Triple R would like to thank Paul for his massive contribution to the station over the last 30+ years.”
Naturally, fans of the show have taken to the net to voice their displeasure, launching a petition on Change.org calling for its reinstatement.