Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Ian Skelly to join Suzy Klein on Radio 3’s Essential Classics

10:29, 6th December 2017

Ian Skelly is to replace Rob Cowan as a co-presenter of Radio 3’s Essential Classics.

He will begin his new role on Christmas Day, sharing the position with Suzy Klein.

Skelly has presented live concert broadcast, BBC Proms, and occasionally shows including Breakfast and In Tune. His appointment to Essential Classics will mark his first role as a regular co-anchor on Radio 3.

He said of his new role: ‘This gives me the chance to share that with those listeners with whom I’ve already built up a trusted relationship and those who might try tuning in for the first time. If you want to hear the best music in the world and face the day with a smile, do tune in.’

Rob Cowan is leaving Radio 3 to present for Classic FM. Over the past 17 years, he has presented programmes including CD Masters, Rob Cowan, Sunday Morning, Breakfast, Rob’s Gold Standard, The Cowan Collection and Essential Classics, as well as making regular contributions to CD (later RecordReview.

He said: ‘My years at Radio 3 have included some of the happiest and most rewarding years of my working life, both in terms of the programmes I have presented and the producers, editors and fellow presenters I have worked with. I will continue to follow the station’s progress with an inquisitive ear and a wealth of fond memories.’

Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3, said: ‘I’d like personally to thank Rob for his remarkable contribution to Radio 3’s mission to connect audiences with great music and culture. I wish him the very best for the future and am grateful for all he’s done in his time here.

‘Ian Skelly is a first class presenter with an impressive track record and expertise in live classical radio. He has warmth and wit and I know our listeners will love hearing him more regularly in his new home, Essential Classics.’

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