Welcome to Friends of Radio 3's website

FoR3 is a listeners group independent of Radio 3 and the BBC. We are the largest, longest-surviving such group focusing on the output of Radio 3 - the country’s most significant cultural broadcaster. We engage with the BBC to raise listener concerns.

We believe the station has a duty to build an audience of listeners who, irrespective of their knowledge level, are enquiring and critical.

Programmes should aim not merely to ‘broaden horizons’ superficially but also to deepen knowledge of the arts, especially classical music, challenging audiences, not coddling them; intriguing not indulging; enlightening as well as entertaining. It should explore the contemporary in classical music, jazz, world music and the wider arts as well as presenting the broad range of historical work.

Our Aims. We are on Facebook
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Looking ahead ~

Sunday, 30 November, 2.00pm: The Early Music Show investigates Lost Chords: why instruments which were once part of musical life - such as the vielle, the bray harp, the hurdy gurdy and the viola organista - are now rarely heard. Details
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Now iPlaying ~

This will not be updated until a more satisfactory way of searching the iPlayer is found than is offered by the latest redesign of the site. The current week's schedule is here but exact details of availabilty of the On Demand programmes are no longer given. Many programmes are now available for four weeks after broadcast.

Nov 17: Do listening figures matter?

Listening figures shouldn't matter to a cultural network whose remit is to deliver distinctive public service content. Yet Radio 3's are scrutinised as closely as are those for the high audience pop music stations, BBC and commercial. So, do they matter? More ....


Radio 3 listings: You can download a printable file of Radio 3's programmes each week, in two columns, or three to reduce the number of pages. Bookmark this page - it's usually updated on Friday evenings. Andrew Slater's blog also has direct links to the iPlayer which function once the programme has been broadcast.