ABC Classic FM announces 2018 lineup

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