The CEO of the Arts Council England, Alan Davey, has got the job of Controller of BBC Radio 3, to start from January.
The 53 year old takes over from Roger Wright who left the job earlier this year after 15 years at the helm.
Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “Radio 3 is a true icon of classical music and cultural broadcasting in the UK. Alan Davey has a formidable track record in the arts and a depth of understating only matched by his passion for classical music. His appointment marks a new chapter in the Radio 3 story – one that will extend and grow its rich history of excellence, innovation, and distinctiveness.”
Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, said: “I’m delighted to announce Alan’s appointment as Controller of Radio 3. Alan completely understands why Radio 3 is so important in the lives of its listeners and in the wider cultural life of the nation. He will bring his terrific energy and enthusiasm to Radio 3, building on its huge strengths and invigorating it with fresh perspective.”
Alan Davey said: “Radio 3, the BBC Performing Groups and the Proms together form one of our most important cultural institutions and a beacon of excellence, there to help everyone discover the best in music, arts and ideas. It is an honour to be asked to lead this wonderful institution and to renew it for the digital age, helping new audiences to encounter the wonderful things serious music and culture can bring. I stumbled upon Radio 3 when I was a teenager, and it opened a door to an endlessly fascinating world of sound and thought that has nourished me ever since. I want everyone to have that chance and am proud to be able to make sure they will.”
Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, said: “Alan has been a brilliant Chief Executive of the Arts Council, not least because he has an abiding passion for and knowledge of music. The BBC and Radio 3 is fortunate to get him.”
Alan has been CEO of the Arts Council England since November 2007. He was Director for Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 2003, having previously worked in the department as Head of the Arts Division since 2001. In an earlier stint at the then Department of National Heritage he was responsible for designing the National Lottery.
Alan has also worked at the Department of Health. He has been a visiting Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholar at the University of Maryland, has degrees from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and London, and honorary degrees from the universities of Birmingham and Teesside. He is a member of the Creative Industries Council, of the Council of the University of Birmingham and also chairman of IFACCA – the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies.