BBC Radio 3 is a British national station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. It describes itself as "the world's most significant commissioner of new music", and through its scheme promotes young musicians of all nationalities. Its content focuses on the broadcast of classical music and opera, as well as jazz, world music, drama, culture and the arts. It is available on FM and digital platforms.

Slogan: "Classical, Jazz, World Music, Drama, Documentaries, Features… and light in the Darkness"

Languges: English.

Formats: World music, Culture and arts, Drama.

Genres: Classical, Jazz.

First air date: 30 September 1967

Owner: BBC

Broadcast area: United Kingdom and Internationally via Satellite and BBC Sounds

Main shows and presenters

  • Breakfast
  • Essential Classics – Georgia Mann
  • Composer of the Week – Donald Macleod
  • Free Thinking
  • The Night Tracks Mix – Sara Mohr-Pietsch
  • Inside Music
  • Opera on 3
  • Unclassified



  • Dolly
    Good afternoon! Thanks for the songs, the program is just wonderful, I'm from that time and this is the best music that will remain forever the same as the Beatles...
  • Greg
    Great programs, a lot of music that is not commercially successful, but it's great and now it's nice to listen to it on this platform, I listen to it from Pretoria.