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Roger Wright Roger Wright | 17:07 UK Time, Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Radio 3 Controller Roger Wright explains some changes to programmes and presenters coming up in September on Radio 3.

Now the 2011 BBC Proms festival is up and running, my mind is not only on putting the finishing touches to the 2012 Proms but also to the new season on Radio 3 which kicks off in September.
We have today announced two new classical music programmes for the new schedule.

Essential Classics will be a new weekday morning programme (9-12) to be presented by Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker. It will include an Artist of the Week feature as well as strong elements of recommendation, including the chance to hear the recording chosen by Building a Library in CD Review.

Saturday Classics between 3-5pm (on Saturdays!) will offer a personal view of classical music from a range of presenters, including many well-known figures from the musical world. These authored programmes will give listeners a chance to hear themed programmes which reflect a personal interest of the presenters.

I can be certain of only one thing - namely that these changes will be met by a variety of responses.
I always feel that the oft-used phrase "you can't please all the audience all the time" is a rather inadequate response to scheduling issues but it is the truth and one of the challenges of managing the range and breadth of Radio 3 programming.

Our weekday Breakfast programme will begin half an hour earlier at 6.30 and following Rob's move to Essential Classics, Sara Mohr-Pietsch will be joined by Petroc Trelawny. Suzy Klein will take Petroc's place on In Tune and Rob and James Jolly will present Sunday Morning in place of Suzy.
I hope you are following all this! If not it will all become clear when we launch our new schedule on Monday September 12th.

I am particularly pleased with our new look to Sunday afternoons with The Choir following the repeat of Choral Evensong and Words and Music having a regular slot at 6.30. Words and Music regularly gets critical acclaim and warm audience feedback and I know that its unique qualities, a mix of unannounced themed music, poetry and prose, will find a new audience.

Now it's back to the present and on again with the Proms!


  • Comment number 1.

    At what time, and what day, will Discovering Music be on since The Choir and Words & Music are taking up the early evening?

  • Comment number 2.

    Anyway, getting back to this point again: on Sundays you have announced new programming amounting to 90 minutes: 60 minutes of World Routes, and an extra 30 minutes of Jazz Line-Up. Discovering Music (90 minutes) has been displaced by The Choir, Words & Music is filling the earlier slot of The Choir (allowing World Routes a place later in the evening).

    So where will Discovering Music be? Will it take the Drama on 3 slot (also 90 minutes), in which case, where will Drama on 3 go? Or will Discovering Music be earlier, at 2pm, replacing the afternoon concert?

    In other words, could you please confirm which programme is going to be dropped?

  • Comment number 3.

    "I can be certain of only one thing - namely that these changes will be met by a variety of responses."

    In case it's of any interest, my response is that it sounds as though you're changing the morning programmes from the already unbearable to something even worse. I must tweet Rob and Sara about it. Still, as you're expecting a variety of responses someone's bound to like it, so we don't have to worry.

  • Comment number 4.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 5.

    I see there's no mention of the decision to move Jazz Library from late afternoon on Saturday to midnight, thus ensuring that less than 20% (one hour out of a magnificently generous five-and-a-half) of Radio Three's jazz programming is broadcast before 11pm.

  • Comment number 6.

    This blog doesn't attract many comments, does it? Does anyone read it? A shame R3 can no longer afford message boards where listeners could discuss the changes properly.

  • Comment number 7.

    To go back to french frank's posts above, I've heard rumours that Discovering Music is to be discontinued, or at best reduced to an occasional 20 minute talk. I do hope the rumours are mistaken. It would be especially unfair to newcomers to classical music to remove what is just about the only means R3 still provides to learn more about it. There are still plenty of discussions of the relative merits of different recordings and performances but not much which focuses on the music itself.

    By the way, I'm not really familiar with the 'blog' format. Would one normally expect responses to the points one raises?

  • Comment number 8.

    Dreadful. Now R3 is indistinguishable from CFM. What happened to the heritage of Glock and Drummond, and adventurous broadcasting which stretched the listenership. Now we just get walltowall 4Seasons, Bolero and Sabre Dance. Jeez...


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