Arts Council boss Alan Davey appointed the new controller of Radio 3

“It is an honour to be asked to lead this wonderful institution and to renew it for the digital age," says Davey


Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has been named the new Radio 3 controller, the BBC has confirmed.


Davey, 53, takes over the role from Roger Wright who left the BBC in July to run the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk after 16 years in charge of the predominantly classical music station.

Davey does not have any direct broadcasting experience, having worked previously at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and before that at the Department of National Heritage where he was one of the key architects of the National Lottery. He will start his new job in January 2015, reporting to BBC Radio director Helen Boaden.

Unlike Wright, Davey will not be directly in charge of the Proms, with a director of the eight-week summer season of concerts due to be appointed soon. The Proms director will report to Davey.

Davey said: “Radio 3, the BBC Performing Groups and the Proms together form one of our most important cultural institutions and a beacon of excellence, there to help everyone discover the best in music, arts and ideas.

“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. I stumbled upon Radio 3 when I was a teenager, and it opened a door to an endlessly fascinating world of sound and thought that has nourished me ever since. I want everyone to have that chance and am proud to be able to make sure they will.”


BBC director-general Tony Hall added: “Alan Davey has a formidable track record in the arts and a depth of understanding only matched by his passion for classical music. 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.”