I have just picked up this story from the Daily Telegraph
Simon Mayo announces new classical radio station becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC
21 January 2019 • 7:19pm
Simon Mayo has announced the launch of a new classical radio station, becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC.
Scala Radio is billing itself as “a brand-new classical entertainment radio station, offering classical music for modern life,” and has picked up Mayo after he left his Radio 2 drivetime show just before Christmas.
The popular DJ joins Chris Evans in turning his back on the BBC, with the latter returning to his “spiritual home” of Virgin Radio.
52-year-old Evans was the second highest-earning star at the BBC, taking home between £1.6 million and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show.
He previously hosted the Virgin Breakfast Show from 1997 to 2001, and had his first broadcast back at the station yesterday morning.
In a statement released after Evans left the Radio 2 studio, he said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead.
“In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.
“Our plan is, to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson described the appointment as a “major coup”.
Commenting on the launch of Scala radio, Simon Mayo said: “There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations – until now. We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today”.
Drum and bass DJ Goldie will host ‘Goldie’s Classic Life,’ which will feature classical music mixes, alongside a narration of his own journey into classical music, explaining how it inspires him to write, perform and paint – as well as introducing listeners to exciting new classical artists.
Launching on the 4th of March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. The sound of the station has been created with modern bespoke scores recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic.