New programmes and presenters at BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 is refreshing its programmes and presenters with a new After Dark zone and changes to its weekend programmes.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, explains: “BBC Radio 3 listeners are, we know, up for adventure, discovering new things and getting new angles and depths of knowledge on the familiar. So as part of our mission to continue to grow, develop and reinvent ourselves we are introducing some changes to our scheduled programmes – offering new takes on familiar subjects and giving listeners new ways to discover our rich cultural content.”

  • World on 3 is relaunched as Music Planet, exploring classic tracks, big names and new releases from roots-based music from across the globe. A refreshed version of Jazz Line-Up, renamed J to Z, will celebrate the best in jazz – past, present and future. Alongside Julian Joseph and Kevin Le Gendre, award-winning broadcaster and singer Jumoké Fashola will join the presenting team.
  • A new Saturday afternoon programme, Inside Music, replaces Saturday Classics, and will see a range of high-profile musicians join the programme to guide listeners through a selection of music.
  • Celebrated Baritone and composer Roderick Williams will appear as ongoing guest presenter on Choir and Organ from April.
  • Radio 3’s weekly drama offering, Drama on 3, to move to an earlier Sunday evening slot, beginning at 19.30.

The refreshed schedule is part of Radio 3’s ongoing aim to guide listeners to the riches on offer, and will include a new sound across week-nights for culturally minded audiences – directing them through Radio 3’s existing speech programming, in the newly titled After Dark.

We’ll bring you more details in the next eRADIO and RadioToday Programme, both out on Wednesday morning.

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  1. Dr Gill Hayes says

    Hopefully less chat and “Listen with Mother” type voices that plague this radio station nowadays. More from knowledgeable people like Martin Handley, Andrew McGregor, Rob Cowan (come back, Rob!), and other excellent presenters, especially the lovely Ian Skelly. And off with Sarah Walker’s head!! (Sorry Sarah but enough is enough.)

  2. Roger Crossley says

    Instead of apeing Classic FM, you could try staying true to the roots of Radio 3 and playing whole works, not excerpts. You could also put the talk after ten black onto a radio 4 where it belongs and continue the music on 3. The “dumbing down” of the BBC has reached ridiculous proportions. Back to bacics!

  3. G.Butterfield says

    Change for the sake of it! How about less chat, fewer presenters, more gravitas…and extra Jazz. Do not mess with sat afternoons + broadcasts from The Met. Please. Love Petroc Trelawny, Sean Rafferty and Lucy Duran.

  4. Allan says

    Dr Gill Hayes’ remark regarding Sarah Walker is in very poor taste and should not have been published on this website.

  5. hodge says

    Gill Hayes may be right…
    if its true, its not in
    poor taste.


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