I don't know what it says on Wikipedia, but there is certainly no uncertainty at Radio 3 about the future of jazz programming on the station! Our service licence states our ongoing commitment to include it as part of our overall programming and there is no desire to change that.
Of course for those who love jazz and want more there will never be enough. For those, on the other hand, who regret that the Third Programme ever started to include jazz in its programmes in the early sixties, five minutes a week may seem too much. We have loyal listeners to our jazz output and the combination of our jazz programmes and those on Radio 2 creates a distinctive contribution to the jazz scene in the UK.
Western classical music remains the main focus of Radio 3 as more than 90% of our music output.
It has been a concern recently to a number of listeners that our popular Saturday jazz zone has had to move around to accommodate our opera schedule. I can sympathise with them but with our commitment to broadcasting the Metropolitan Opera there is not much we can do, not least when Wagner's lengthy Ring cycle is on offer! It is a difficulty which is posed by our unique commitment to live performance. So thanks to our jazz listeners for their patience. Luckily now with listen-again our listeners need never miss their best loved programmes.
The essence of public service broadcasting is to take audiences further and I know that some of our jazz audiences carry on to listen to Opera on 3. I remember with great pleasure the letter from a listener explaining that he had come to Radio 3 for our world music output and now finds himself a regular Composer of the Week listener.
So the joy of discovery is a key part of our station strategy and the range of our music and speech output is one means of delivering it.