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Wednesday 23 Apr 2014

Press Statement

BBC statements on Trust review of Radios 3, 4 and 7

Following today's announcement by the BBC Trust on its review of BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7, the BBC released the following statements:

Tim Davie, Director of Audio & Music, says: "We welcome this report and the Trust's recognition that listeners enjoy these distinctive services which also represent value for money.

"I am pleased that the Trust has approved the rebranding of Radio 7 as Radio 4 Extra and hope we can build on the success of Radio 7 and bring its content to an even wider audience.

"We also welcome the Trust's recommendation that we continue to build the appeal of Radio 3 and Radio 4 amongst potential new listeners in a way that preserves the quality and distinctiveness of the services and considers their existing, loyal audiences."

Roger Wright, Controller, BBC Radio 3 and Director, BBC Proms, says: "We welcome the Trust's recognition of Radio 3's distinctive music and arts output and support for the current direction of the station.

"The Trust Service Licence Review confirms that BBC Radio 3 makes a significant contribution to British culture and endorses the station's unique commitment to live music as well as the range of musical genres and depth of its contextual programming.

"The review also notes the role Radio 3 plays as the most significant commissioner of new music in the world.

"The Trust confirms that Radio 3 represents excellent value for money. We welcome the Trust's recommendation that Radio 3 continues to build appeal for potential new listeners whilst, vitally, maintaining the station's unique music, arts and broadcast features of the highest quality."

Gwyneth Williams, Controller, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7, says: "I warmly welcome the results of the Trust's very thorough review of Radio 4. The overwhelmingly positive feedback they received from listeners is a tribute to all the programme makers across the UK on whose creativity and high standards the station depends.

"I am also encouraged by the Trust's endorsement of our continuing work to extend the appeal and accessibility of the station while remaining true to our values and our very loyal audience."

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