BBC Radio 3

Why is Radio 3 still leaderless?

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s happened almost by stealth but the number of listeners to 6 Music has now overtaken Radio 3, creeping up…

Roger Wright's legacy at Radio Three – and his one big mistake

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Roger Wright’s precipitate departure from both Radio Three and the Proms came as a surprise. At first the news was…

Radio that makes you feel the wind on your cheek

5 April 2014 9:00 am

After a walk in Richmond Park beset by rush-hour traffic, the Heathrow flight path and a strange swarm of flying…

Michael Craig-Martin pokes a giant yellow pitchfork at the ordinary

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Visitors to Chatsworth House this spring might wonder if they have stumbled through the looking-glass. The estate’s rolling parkland has…

The sound of growing rhubarb

15 March 2014 9:00 am

When the BBC proposed to do away with 6 Music a few years ago, the media-savvy fans of the station…

The Spectator's Notes: Quangos - a world of perfect hypocrisy

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They…

Spectator letters: Aid, Arabs and how to spot a gentleman

1 February 2014 9:00 am

The battle over aid Sir: Why Nations Fail, the book rightly lauded in The Spectator (‘Why aid fails’, 25 January),…

Radio 3 needs to stay relevant, and world music is just the ticket

1 February 2014 9:00 am

When my colleague Charles Moore first began accusing Radio 3 of becoming ‘babyish’, and talking down to us as if…

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…

Mugabe envy in Scotland

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Who owns Scotland? The people who most commonly ask this question believe that the land has been wrested from ordinary…

Overrated Strauss vs underrated Gluck

11 January 2014 9:00 am

This is the first of my more-or-less monthly columns, the idea of which is to report on operatic events other…

You lost Aled Jones and Catherine Bott, Radio Three — but all is forgiven

9 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s hard to stay cross with Radio 3 for long. Just when I thought the network had stretched my loyalty…

Sometimes Radio 3 tries to be too clever by half

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Why are we still listening to the radio in 2013, to an outdated technology that has hardly changed in manufacture…

Autumn shake-up in Radios 2 and 3 scheduling

5 October 2013 9:00 am

This time round in the autumn shake-up of the schedules it’s Radios 2 and 3 who are on the frontline…

70th anniversary of Composer of the Week

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Mention of the 70th anniversary of Composer of the Week brings to mind a distinguished list of long-running programmes on…

Radio review: Recording voices of loved ones

22 June 2013 9:00 am

At 17.05 on the afternoon of 18 September 2010, Sebastiane Hegarty made what was to be the last recording of…

Writerly magic

22 January 2011 12:00 am

A frock that shocks, a terror-filled red coat and diamonds of seductive power are all promised next week in an alluring late-night series on Radio 3 (produced by Duncan Minshull).

Single vision

8 January 2011 12:00 am

There’s been much grumbling in the shires about Radio 3’s 12-day Mozart marathon.