BBC Radio 3's mixtape in a tangle as audience plunges 8%

Those who read my recent post BBC Radio 3's big mixtake will not be surprised by today's news that the classical station's audience plunged 8% during a 12 month period when the total UK radio audience grew by 2%. I was certainly no fan of Nicholas Kenyon and Roger Wright during their tenures at Radio 3. But at least they dumbed the station down with flair. Current incumbent Alan Davey's mixtape-led dumbing down is not just 100% flair-free, it is positively cringe-inducing. There is nothing else to say other than repeating the final paragraph of my earlier post.

The livelihoods of five leading orchestras and a choir, and the future of the largest new music commissioning budget in the world depend on the healthy survival of BBC Radio 3. You only need to listen to Radio 3's daytime programmes to understand that the patient's vital signs look very bad indeed, and to realise that drastic and painful surgery is urgently required to provide any hope of survival.

How many more times does this have to be said before action is taken?

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Unknown said…
I don't recognize my daily listening to Radio 3 from the above bilious outpouring. I really value most (not all) of the presenters, (and am missing Rob Cowan) because they are very knowledgeable without induling in intellectual snobbery which I would find very irritating. I regret the loss of the second broadcast of Composer of the Week in favour of the Mixtape. Too often I find the mixtape trying too hard to patronize me by including (under the disguise of the description 'eclectic') music I am not especially interested in. A tiny touch of something unexpected is fine , provided it is inspired, but I sense an arrogance behind some of the choices . I still want Radio 3 to sound like Radio 3. It is the only Classical radio programme. We can listen to other stations if we prize eclecticism above what we call 'clsssical'. I like you the way you are/were. Tighten up the mixtape. A lot. The rest is just fine.

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