Classic FM beats BBC to Prince Charles

Classic FM beats BBC to Prince Charles


norman lebrecht

May 19, 2020

Classic FM will broadcast two shows next week with the Prince of Wales, discussing his love of classical music.

Gardener Alan Titchmarsh will interview HRH in the first programme, the second will be presented by the Prince himself.

Guess nobody from BBC Radio 3 thought to ask.


  • Rob says:

    Was Norman Lebrecht snubbed by the Concertgebouw and the Mahler Foundation? He wasn’t invited to appear in any of the Mahler Festival videos on youtube seen here:

    What really happened Norman? Was that the reason you didn’t memorialise the 109th anniversary of Mahler’s death on SD yesterday? Loss of face?

    • RW2013 says:

      Maybe NL suspected (rightfully) that the Mahler Festival Online would turn out to be Classic For Dummies of the very worst kind.

  • Adamr says:

    Radio 3 got there first with Prince Charles Prince Charles choosing his private passions a year or so ago

  • Simon Funnell says:

    Why should the BBC ask an amateur musician to present programmes?

    In any case Classic FM already has an existing relationship with Prince Charles’s team as they hosted their birthday celebrations from Dumfries House a couple of years ago.

    Radio 3 can’t win with you Norman, can it? You complain about it being dumbed down then complain when it doesn’t do something totally “commercial”. What insights into music would Prince Charles have that would educate the R3 listenership?

  • Nicht Schleppend says:

    Charles Windsor and his views aren’t exactly BBCR3 material. Classic FM or perhaps BBC Radio 2 audiences are more likely the right level.

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    I must be one of the very few who preferred Prince Charles over Lady Diana. At least he has wide range of interests,not always fashionable.

    • engineers_unite says:

      Charles is a horrible predatorial character, with FAR too much money.
      Just see how much he earns screwing tenants out of their cash in his vast overbloated country estates.

      His lunatic climate predictions have been 100% WRONG every single time he opens his big blathering mouth connected to his stupid inbred royalty nutcase genes,
      It makes sense because he copies the same old crap as all the other royals, then continues to coin it in anyhow, – “Top Scientists Say That Earth Is Doomed (April 16, 1924)”…

      “Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World in 2009.

      July 9, 2009 UK Independent article explained that “the heir to the throne told an audience of industrialists and environmentalists at St James’s Palace last night that he had calculated that we have just 96 months left to save the world.”

      The idea that he might have something of value to say on any subject let alone culture is to be an admirer of one the worst aspects of the UK.

      Get rid of these freeloaders.

      • John Borstlap says:

        Yes, it’s all very difficult isn’t it?

        Charles’ campaigning for climate preservation is perfectly OK. Also he initiated new model town Poundbury to demonstrate that there are valuable alternatives to the awful modernist sterile city centres that encroach upon historic environments like a cancer.