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 ~

Hear and Now, Saturday 25 October, 9.45pm Philip Glass's new opera (in collaboration with Christopher Hampton) The Trial, based on the novel by Franz Kafka and featuring Johnny Herford as Josef K. Recorded at the ROH's Linbury Studio Theatre, Music Theatre Wales Ensemble conducted by Michael Rafferty. 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.

Oct 11: O what can ail thee, BBC?

Proms attendance down, Radio 3 listening figures down - in spite of mammoth efforts to reach new audiences. Going all-out to reach everyone seems to have lost you the loyalty of the audiences you already had. 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.