Simon Mayo on Scala Radio, review: Classic FM can sleep easy – but Radio 2 should watch out

Simon Mayo in the Scala Radio studio
Simon Mayo in the Scala Radio studio Credit: Julian Simmonds

There has, for a few years now, been something missing in radio for people whose love of classical music was ignited by music they heard through film, TV and Spotify, and who want to hear more. 

That’s what Bauer Media, who have just launched their new commercial digital network, Scala Radio, broadcasting “classical music for modern life”, are banking on. The station began at 10am on Monday with a flagship show presented by Simon Mayo, freshly poached from his Drivetime slot at BBC Radio 2 after a much-publicised debacle in which he was made to share his programme with Jo Whiley, an initiative that was loathed by listeners and led to his quitting. Mayo is known as a pop music DJ but has a lifelong...

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