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ABC Classic FM announces 2018 lineup

Thursday 02 November, 2017

With new on-air voices and weekly live concerts.

Russell Torrance will present Classic Breakfast next year, in an extended slot from 6am-10am. ​"It’s such a privilege and honour to be asked to present Classic Breakfast on ABC Classic FM. An honour in particular to follow in the footsteps of the great Phillip Sametz, whose friendly voice has woken up music fans for two years", said Torrance. 

Vanessa Hughes, heard on ABC Classic FM throughout 2017, will join permanently next year as the Drive presenter, while ​Greta Bradman will continue as the presenter of Weekend Mornings on Saturday and Sunday throughout 2018.  

Martin Buzacott remains as Classic Mornings presenter, now on air from Monday-Friday from 10am-1pm.  

Next year will also see the introduction of a weekday Lunchtime Concert slot, hosted by Mairi Nicolson from 1-3pm.  

The weekly program Keys to Music will not return in 2018.  

New digital education content next year will connect with music students and listeners who want to discover classical music, and will also be available as broadcast content during concert performances, and ABC Classic FM will further strengthen its digital content next year across the station's online, podcast and social media platforms.  

"This is a really inspiring array of new content and voices which we know will appeal to listeners in 2018, however they like to connect with ABC Classic FM" said ABC Classic FM Manager Richard Buckham. “More live broadcasts, more weekday concerts, a new range of eclectic and appealing programming based on audience interests, and a growing digital offer to support it all – we're looking forward to a terrific year."  

See the full lineup here

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Braden
2 November 2017 - 4:03pm
I am devastated that Keys to Music has been dumped. It is one of the best radio programmes I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. I am an avid listener, and a great fan of Graham Abbott's indomitable talent and knowledge. Graham and his programme will be sorely missed. He has contributed enormously to my musical knowledge, understanding, performance, and enjoyment. I'm finding less and less reasons to continue to listen to ABC Classic FM, as its programmes become increasingly banal and pedestrian. I am resorting more and more to live streaming stations in other countries. I am disappointed to say the least. One becomes suspicious that ABC Classic FM is deliberating trying to alienate its listeners with the ambition of running the station into the ground. The bosses clearly lack any kind of intellectual or musical ambition, and lack passion for producing quality radio. Australia becomes even more of a backwater for decent radio. Boo.
doughen
16 December 2017 - 2:48pm
Braden, I thought I was the only listener who have identical thoughts to yours.
Alison Street
2 January 2018 - 3:50pm
Last night's final Keys to Music program was an exceptional example of grace and courage from Graham Abbott. Congratulations and many thanks to him and his producers. No thanks to the ABC programmers who have discontinued this favourite radio experience of so many listeners in such disrespectful fashion
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