Timeline of Classic FM

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A timeline of notable events relating to Classic FM, a British national radio station which began broadcasting in September 1992.

1990s[edit]

  • 1991
    • January – The first of the three INR licences is advertised. It will be the only FM licence, and will be a "non-pop music service."
    • July – The Radio Authority awards the first Independent National Radio licence to the highest cash bidder of the three applicants, Showtime Radio, which proposes a 'songs from the shows' format.
    • August – Showtime Radio is not able to secure the required funding within the required time as stipulated by the Radio Authority. and the offer of the licence to Showtime is withdrawn.
    • 30 September – The Radio Authority re-awards the first Independent National Radio licence to the second highest bidder, Classic FM.
  • 1993
    • No events.
  • 1996
    • 18 March – Mike Read replaces Nick Bailey as host of Classic FM’s breakfast show.
    • 5–8 April – Classic FM broadcasts its first Hall of Fame over the Easter weekend.
    • GWR takes full control of Classic FM.
    • Anne-Marie Minhall joins, initially as a newsreader before becoming a presenter.
    • A number of new transmitters are switched on in the second half of the year and the start of 1997 to extend Classic FM's reach by 2.2 million listeners.
  • 1998
    • No events.

2000s[edit]

  • 2001
    • 25 December – The Nation's Favourite Christmas Carol is revealed for the first time.
  • 2004
    • Joby Talbot becomes Classic FM’s first composer in residence.
  • 2005
    • No events.
  • 2006
    • February – Myleene Klass joins.
    • 26 March – Classic FM begins broadcasting from new studios on the second floor of 30 Leicester Square, central London.
    • The Classic FM Foundation charity is formed.
    • Patrick Hawes replaces Joby Talbot as Classic FM’s composer in residence.
    • Henry Kelly returns to host the Sunday mid-morning show.[8]
  • 2007
    • 4 August – Former Blur singer Alex James joins to present a three-part series[9] and the following year he starts to present a 100-part series called The A to Z of Classical Music.
    • 14 December – Classic FM TV closes on TV and becomes on-line only.
  • 2008
    • February – Classic FM announces a major shake-up of the schedule, which will be rolled out in two parts - weekdays in late February and weekends a month later. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Margherita Taylor join as part of the revamp.[10]
    • April to September – Following the closure of sister station theJazz, Classic FM broadcasts a nightly two-hour late night jazz programme.
    • May – Howard Goodall becomes Classic FM’s third composer in residence.
    • 31 October – Global becomes the owner of Classic FM following its purchase of previous owners GCap Media.

2010s[edit]

  • 2010
    • July – John Suchet joins to host the Sunday lunchtime show.
    • Simon Bates moves from breakfast to mid-mornings.
  • 2013
    • 4 February – Aled Jones is signed to present a Sunday morning programme from March.[16]
    • 31 March – The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presents a two-hour special Easter Sunday breakfast programme on Classic FM.[17]
    • 7 April – Former Radio 4 newsreader Charlotte Green joins Classic FM to host a weekly Sunday afternoon programme, Charlotte Green's Great Composers.[18] and on 22 September Charlotte hosts the first edition of a new magazine-style arts series called ‘’Charlotte Green’s Culture Club’’.[19]
    • June – Katherine Jenkins joins.
    • October – Catherine Bott joins to present a three-year project covering the entire history of classical music.[20]
  • 2014
    • 29 January – John Suchet opens The Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at the headquarters of London-based music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.[21]
    • 5 February – Classic FM begins broadcasting on digital terrestrial television.[22]
    • 15 April – Classic FM dedicates an entire 24 hours of its music to the recordings of Sir Neville Marriner to celebrate his 90th birthday.[23]
    • September – Jamie Crick leaves after 20 years at the station. Anne-Marie Minhall replaces Jamie as host of the station’s weekday afternoon programme.
    • December – Howard Goodall leaves.[24]
  • 2015
    • 7 March – Andrew Collins replaces Howard Goodall as permanent presenter of Saturday Night at the Movies. Howard had left the show at the end of last year and Tommy Pearson had presented the show on an interim basis.[25]
    • 8 July – Debbie Wiseman is appointed as Classic FM’s latest composer in residence. She replaces Howard Goodall who had held the role until the end of 2014.[26]
  • 2017
    • September – Nick Bailey, who launched Classic FM 25 years earlier, leaves. His most recent presenting slot had been the weeknight overnight show.
    • September – As part of a week of programmes marking the station’s 25 birthday, Classic FM broadcasts a play detailing the creation of the station called “The Pazza Factor: the story of the birth of Classic FM”[28]
    • December – Alex James leaves.[29]
  • 2019
    • February – Moira Stuart joins, becoming the station's weekday morning newsreader and from July she will begin presenting a Saturday afternoon programme for the station. [32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broadcasting Act 1990". London: HMSO. Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet 3: The Radio Authority: Its licences and licensing procedures". London: Radio Authority. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  3. ^ "The Story of Radio Birdsong". RadioBirdsong.com. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Classic FM presenters axed in purge". The Guardian. 3 May 1999. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Classic FM gambles on 24-hour music channel". The Guardian. 25 November 2002. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Mark Goodier quits BBC for Classic FM". The Guardian. 12 November 2002. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Kelly axed by Classic FM". The Guardian. 9 June 2003. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Henry Kelly returns to Classic FM". BBC News. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Blur's Alex James to present Classic FM show". The Guardian. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Classic FM in major schedule overhaul". The Guardian. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  11. ^ John Suchet to host Classic FM morning show
  12. ^ "Bates quits Classic for Smooth". Radio Today. 17 August 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  13. ^ Nicholas Owen to host Classic FM show
  14. ^ Alan Titchmarsh signs for Classic FM
  15. ^ Breakfast schedule changes at Classic FM
  16. ^ "Aled Jones to return to Classic FM". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Classic FM hires Archbishop of Canterbury". Radio Today. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Radio 4's Charlotte Green joins Classic FM". Radio Today. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  19. ^ Charlotte Green gets new Classic FM show
  20. ^ Alex Stevens "Catherine Bott moves to Classic FM for 3-year Everything You Ever Wanted to Know…" Archived 3 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Classical Music Magazine", 11 October 2013
  21. ^ "John Suchet opens Classic FM Lecture Room". Radio Today. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  22. ^ Classic FM joins Freeview line-up
  23. ^ "Classic FM to air one conductor for 24hr". Radio Today. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  24. ^ Howard Goodall exists Classic FM after six years
  25. ^ Saturday Night at the Movies for Andrew Collins
  26. ^ Classic FM appoints new Composer in Residence
  27. ^ Bill Turnbull joins Classic FM for weekends
  28. ^ https://radiotoday.co.uk/2017/08/story-of-classic-fms-birth-to-be-told-on-air/
  29. ^ "Alex James and Charlotte Green to leave Classic FM". radiotoday.co.uk/.
  30. ^ "Rob Cowan swaps Radio 3 for Classic FM","Radio Today (website), 8 December 2017
  31. ^ "Classic FM launches new weekend line-up for 2018". Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  32. ^ Moira Stuart to join Classic FM