More Strauss planned for BBC Radio 3
More Strauss planned for BBC Radio 3
Posted by
More Strauss planned for BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 is taking the Discovering Music show off-air in a bid to save money, and extending coverage of Strauss during the 150th anniversary year of his birth.

Opera On 3 will include every opera by Strauss in 2014, starting with two recordings made at the Royal Opera House: Capriccio starring Renée Fleming on Saturday 4 January and Elektra conducted by Andris Nelsons on Monday 6 January.

Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 commented: “As the home of classical music, Radio 3 is proud to bring our listeners every operatic work by this remarkable composer through our new Opera On 3 slots, leading up to a special weekend around the actual anniversary of the composer’s birth. This is the sort of bold public service programming for which Radio 3 is known for and follows a successful run of Verdi, Wagner and Britten opera scheduling in their anniversary years for 2013. There is no other station which offers complete operas in the UK.”

Instead of commissioning Discovering Music, music context will be covered throughout the rest of the schedule. The station says it is ‘taking a break’ from the show so it is expected to return.

Also, Night Waves is becoming Free Thinking all year round and is being reduced from airing four days a week to three.

Roger Wright: “Although we have had to make tough decisions in order to make savings in line with the rest of the BBC, by broadcasting Free Thinking over three days rather than four and taking a break from commissioning Discovering Music, we have protected the unique and ambitious range of the station’s live music – its classical, world music, jazz and arts content – whilst reducing our overall volume output.

“Free Thinking consolidates our two strong arts and ideas brands – Free Thinking and Night Waves – which have been delivered with such success by the same production team. In continuing to evolve the Radio 3 schedule, we have sought to provide the best value for money for the licence fee payer and the most distinctive offering for our audience. From every Strauss opera to a topical world music series and boundary pushing drama – Radio 3 remains a home for passionate minds everywhere.”

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 729 19 December, 2013 Station News 2:05 pm 201312 Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?

Register

Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

Closing Date: Audio Production Awards - September 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm (Online)
The Imaging Days - October 3, 2016 at 8:00 am (Holland)
The Imaging Days - October 4, 2016 at 8:00 am (Holland)
Radiodays Ireland - October 17, 2016 at 10:00 am (Dublin)
Radiodays Ireland - October 18, 2016 at 10:00 am (Dublin)
ARIAS - Audio and Radio Industry Awards - October 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm (First Direct Arena, Leeds)
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Audio Production Awards - November 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
More events