BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3 is a British national radio station owned and operated by the BBC. It replaced the BBC Third Programme in 1967 and broadcasts classical music and opera, with jazz, world music, drama, culture and the arts also featuring. The station describes itself as "the world's most significant commissioner of new music", and through its New Generation Artists scheme promotes young musicians of all nationalities. The station broadcasts the BBC Proms concerts, live and in full, each summer in addition to performances by the BBC Orchestras and Singers. There are regular productions of both classic plays and newly commissioned drama.
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom and Internationally via Satellite and BBC Sounds|
|Format||Classical, jazz, world music, drama, culture, arts|
First air date
|30 September 1967|
Former call signs
|BBC Third Programme|
|648 MW (1967–1978)|
1215 MW (1978–1992)
Radio 3 won the Sony Radio Academy UK Station of the Year Gold Award for 2009 and was nominated again in 2011.
According to RAJAR, the station broadcasts to a weekly audience of 1.8 million with a listening share of 1.4% as of December 2022.