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Just in: BBC Radio 3 retires key presenter

Just in: BBC Radio 3 retires key presenter
Just in: BBC Radio 3 retires key presenter

In the latest reshuffle on the classical channel, Sean Rafferty is to leave after presenting the drivetime show In Tune since 1997.

He says: ‘“I shall miss the truly remarkable and life-enhancing musicians, many coming to the studio ever since they began their careers: a joy. And to be able to share it all with the listeners at home: a privilege. They’ve been like family.’

In other changes, Petroc Trelawny will share In Tune presenting with Katie Derham.

Tom McKinney will presents the weekday breakfast programme from Salford.

The BBC says: In 2025 BBC Radio 3 bids a fond farewell to Sean Rafferty, the longstanding host of In Tune after over 25 years delighting listeners. Sean has been the recognisable voice of In Tune since he became the main presenter in 1997 and has welcomed the brightest and best artists, musicians and conductors to London Broadcasting House’s Studio 80A. In 2004 Rafferty was awarded Radio Presenter of the Year at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, and was appointed MBE in 2017 for services to Broadcasting. He is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Sam Jackson, Controller BBC Radio 3 and BBC Proms, says: “After over 50 years of broadcasting, nearly three decades of which have been on BBC Radio 3, Sean Rafferty’s impact has been immeasurable – and we all wish him the very best for the future. I’m delighted that, after over a decade of early starts, Petroc will be joining Katie to bring his wit, warmth and sparkling rapport to In Tune. Tom McKinney, meanwhile, is already one of our most popular broadcasters, and I’m thrilled that he’ll continue to offer the unique and eclectic selection of classical music that Radio 3 Breakfast is known for. With the programme set to be broadcast from our new studios in Salford, Radio 3 further reflects the wealth of talent – both on-air and off-air – across the UK.”

Rafferty, 76, was recruited by Radio 3 from BBC Northern Ireland.

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