Sky At Night will move to BBC Four in February

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The Sky At Night will move to BBC Four next year, quashing rumours that it would be cancelled after the death of Patrick Moore last December.

The half-hour astronomy series will move from its late-night slot on BBC One to the digital channel in February, with repeats to be shown on BBC Two.

Kim Shillinglaw, head of commissioning for Science and Natural History, says, 'Sir Patrick Moore inspired generations of astronomers and I hope that alongside the BBC's other astronomy content, such as BBC Two's Stargazing Live, The Sky at Night will enthuse further generations about the wonder of the night sky.'

The Sky at Night was first broadcast on 24 April 1957 and continued to be presented by Moore until his death in 2012, making it the longest-running programme with the same presenter in television history.

Moore famously only missed the recording of one episode in nearly 50 years because of food poisoning in July 2004.

Following Moore's death at the age of 89, the series has been fronted by a team of guest presenters including Lucie Green and Chris Lintott.

Its future had been in doubt, with the BBC refusing to confirm if it would continue beyond this year. This prompted an online petition that attracted thousands of signatures.

Cassian Harrison, editor for BBC Four, says, 'I'm delighted that we are continuing with such a treasured BBC brand, and look forward to welcoming the programme to its new home on BBC Four, where it will join a rich mix of other science content.'

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