Roger Wright

Roles and responsibilities

  • Roger leads a team of 425 people and runs Radio 3, the BBC Proms, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • As Controller of Radio 3, Roger is in charge of its editorial strategy, commissioning and scheduling policies.
  • The service licence of Radio 3 (UK Station of the Year) demands that Radio 3 maintains its cultural role through the presentation of high quality live and recorded classical music, jazz and world music from the UK and abroad, as well as broadcasting significant speech and drama output.
  • Roger is a member of the Radio Group Board and the BBC Arts Board and chairs the BBC Classical Music Board.

Salary and total remuneration

Salary: £219,650
Total remuneration: £227,450

These details were last updated in November 2013 when Roger Wright's salary and remuneration were last adjusted.

Biography

Last updated February 2011

Roger Wright took up the post of Controller, BBC Radio 3 in November 1998 and, in October 2007, also became Director of the BBC Proms. He also co-ordinates the BBC's classical music output across all BBC platforms.

As Controller of BBC Radio 3, Roger is in charge of its editorial strategy, commissioning, and scheduling policies. He is also responsible for four of the BBC's performing groups: the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

Under Roger's leadership, BBC Radio 3 has increased its commitment to live music both throughout the UK and internationally in addition to strengthening its support and encouragement of young artists. The station continues to be the world's largest commissioner of new music, broadcasting works by a wide range of composers. Roger has also been the driving force behind composer-focused seasons such as The Beethoven Experience, A Bach Christmas, Webern Day, The Stravinsky/Tchaikovsky Experience and The Genius Of Mozart, in addition to The Ring in a Day, when the BBC Radio 3 schedule was cleared to broadcast Wagner's entire 18-hour Ring cycle. In 2009, Radio 3 won the Sony Award for UK Station of the Year.

The BBC Proms is one of the world's leading music festivals, presenting international orchestras, choirs, conductors and soloists in a two month period over the summer with all the concerts broadcast live. The commitment to adventurous and broad-ranging concert programming, which includes new music and commissions, continues to attract healthy audiences to the Royal Albert Hall. Under Roger's direction, the festival has grown with an ambitious range of contextual programming around the music through daily "Proms Plus" talks and debates, and learning activity.

He was educated at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, and later took a music degree at the University of London, where he also became President of the Students' Union the year after graduation.

After finishing his music degree he became Director of the British Music Information Centre, running the world's largest collection of British contemporary music.

Roger was Senior Producer of the BBC Symphony Orchestra prior to working as Artistic Administrator of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1989 to 1992.

From 1992 he was Executive Producer and then Vice- President, Artists & Repertoire, at the classical recording company Deutsche Grammophon (DG), where he managed the artistic planning and production of all DG's audio and visual output.

He returned to the BBC as Head of BBC Classical Music from March 1997 and took on the post of Controller, BBC Radio 3 in 1998.

Roger has been a member of the Music Advisory Panel and Recordings Panel of the Arts Council of Great Britain; the Music Panel of the Greater London Arts Association; Chairman of the Society for the Promotion of New Music; and Chairman of Contemporary Concerts Co-ordination. He has also edited books on new music for Oxford University Press.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, a Fellow of the Radio Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway.

In 2005 he received the Association of British Orchestras Award for his outstanding contribution to orchestral life in the UK.

Expenses and central bookings

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Gifts and Hospitality Register

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  • Roger Wright had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2009-10
  • Roger Wright had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2009-10

Declaration of personal interests

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