Alan Davey has today been announced as the new controller of BBC Radio 3.
Davey, 53, who is currently chief executive officer of Arts Council England, will start at Radio 3 in January.
‘Alan Davey has a formidable track record in the arts and a depth of understanding only matched by his passion for classical music,’ says Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, in announcing Radio 3’s new man in charge. ‘His appointment marks a new chapter in the Radio 3 story – one that will extend and grow its rich history of excellence, innovation, and distinctiveness.’
‘I’m delighted to announce Alan’s appointment as controller of Radio 3,’ adds Helen Boaden, director of BBC Radio. ‘He completely understands why Radio 3 is so important in the lives of it listeners and in the wider cultural life of the nation. He will bring his terrific energy and enthusiasm to radio, building on its huge strengths and invigorating it with fresh perspective.’
Davey, who has also been director for culture in the governmental Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has, in turn, expressed his delight at the appointment: ‘It is an honour to be asked to lead this wonderful institution and to renew it for the digital age, helping new audiences to encounter the wonderful things serious music and culture can bring.’
Davey will succeed former Radio 3 controller and Proms director Roger Wright, who stepped down earlier this year after 15 years in the role.