Scala Radio

Scala Radio is a classical music digital radio station in the United Kingdom, owned and operated by Bauer Radio since its launch in March 2019. The station broadcasts nationally on DAB via the Sound Digital multiplex and online through websites and apps, including the station's own. The station was the first national classical music service to launch on terrestrial radio in the UK since Classic FM in 1992.

Scala Radio
  • London
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
FormatClassical music
NetworkBauer National
OwnerBauer Media Audio UK
First air date
4 March 2019 (2019-03-04)
WebcastPlanet Radio

The station's playlist features 70% popular classics and 30% new and "surprising" music. Scala also aims for more speech content – or more "storytelling" – than Classic FM or BBC Radio 3.[1]


On 22 December 2018, following the demise of his BBC Radio 2 drivetime show  which had been co-hosted with Jo Whiley since May 2018  Simon Mayo revealed that "...the new radio show will be announced in January. It will be startling."[2]

A month later, on 21 January 2019, Bauer Radio announced plans to launch a new national classical music service under the name Scala Radio from March, with Mayo having signed up to be one of the lead presenters of the new station.[3] More information about presenters and their shows was confirmed in February 2019.[4]

Scala Radio launched at 10am on 4 March 2019 with Simon Mayo hosting the first live programme. The first track played was the prélude to Carmen Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet.[5]

Advance weekly listings for Scala Radio were published from launch in Radio Times and the Bauer-owned Total TV Guide. The Radio Times removed listings for BBC Radio 1Xtra and details of news and weather bulletins on Radios 1 and 2 to make space for the new station.

The station launched on Sky on 1 May 2019 on channel 0216 (later moved to channel 0151). It was removed on 14 December 2022, and was replaced by sister station Greatest Hits Radio on the platform.[6]


The presenters on Scala Radio include a range of radio and television personalities, some of whom have previously presented on other Bauer stations, as well as with competitor stations such as Classic FM. The current presenters with regular shows are:[7]

  • Richard Allinson
  • Angellica Bell
  • Jamie Crick
  • Alexis Ffrench
  • Mark Forrest
  • Luci Holland – presents The Console which features video games music
  • Sam Hughes
  • Mark Kermode
  • Simon Mayo
  • Charles Nove
  • Jack Pepper
  • Penny Smith

Former presenters


According to RAJAR data, the station has a weekly reach of 265,000 people as of September 2022.[8]


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