BBC Radio 3 today announces changes to its presenting line up, as two of the station’s most loved voices bring their knowledge and character to two of the most popular programmes on the weekday schedules.
Georgia Mann becomes a new voice on Essential Classics, joining Suzy Klein to present Radio 3’s mid-morning weekday show from 5 April. Another familiar voice on the station – Ian Skelly, will bring his two-decades of broadcasting experience to Afternoon Concert, another hugely popular and important part of Radio 3’s schedule, from 12 April. He joins a presenting line up including Penny Gore, Tom McKinney, and Fiona Talkington.
Alan Davey, Controller, BBC Radio 3 says: “We wanted to make the most of two much-loved voices on Radio 3 and refresh the daytime schedule. Georgia is a hugely experienced R3 presenter and producer who will bring a range of cultural knowledge to the morning schedules, while Ian will bring his proven skills to the important afternoon sequence.”
Georgia Mann has been making arts programmes at the BBC since 2008. After studying English Literature at Cambridge University, she began her radio career as a reporter at BBC Three Counties Radio, going on to produce Radio 4’s Front Row for several years. She has become known and highly regarded for her work presenting Radio 3’s Breakfast programme, as well as lunchtime and evening concerts and a range of programmes on Radio 3, including Words and Music. She will continue to present live events, including the Proms.
Broadcaster and writer Ian Skelly has been a familiar voice on BBC Radio 3 for the past 20 years, presenting various programmes on the station, covering a wide range of repertoire from early music to contemporary. He works regularly with all the BBC’s Orchestras and many of the top international ones. Each summer, he is one of the voices on the BBC Proms on BBC Radio 3.