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Description: Classic FM claims its rival, BBC Radio 3, has 'aped' its successful programmes to help build its audiences

Classic FM claims its rival, BBC Radio 3, has 'aped' its successful programmes to help build its audiences

BBC Radio 3 is trying to “ape” its commercial rival Classic FM by copying its most successful innovations in a bid to increase audiences, it has been claimed.

Classic FM, which classes itself as a direct competitor of Radio 3 “in a market of two”, has accused the corporation of making “major programming changes” to “gradually erode the gap” between them.

The “stark” changes, it claims, include a “lighter” repertoire, playing shorter extracts of works, introducing phone-ins, scrapping daily classical music for children and bringing in a new film score programme broadcast an hour before its own.

The accusations have been made in written submissions to a Culture, Media and Sport Committee review into the “future of the BBC”, ahead of the government reconsidering the licence fee in 2016.

The commercial station is supported by its parent company Global Radio, which has used a separate submission to claim the BBC has “abandoned” its distinctiveness in order to focus on gaining peak-time audiences, making it “poor value for money”.






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