Global Radio Network boss Stephen Miron has accused BBC Radio 3 of 'overtly' copying Classic FM features.
The BBC has overhauled its schedule over the last 18 months in an attempt to broaden its appeal to younger listeners, and Miron claims they’ve imitated a string of ideas.
Speaking at the Radio Conference in Salford, Miron said: “If you look at the changing programmes Radio 3 has done against Classic, it is pretty overt that it has looked at the successes that Classic has had and adjusted its programming structure.
"The BBC's whole remit is to provide distinct content in all they do, but it is increasingly replicating what is already catered for. Radio 3 has aggressively pursued Classic FM and it uses its other platforms to cross-promote the station. They are absolutely trying to take our listeners.”
A BBC spokesman said: “BBC national stations offer a distinctive range of programming with a strong public service focus which marks them out from commercial stations.
“Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 3 all organise big events and focus on speech, drama, live music, new music and music that has limited airplay elsewhere.
“We are always sensitive to leaving space for the commercial sector and we are delighted that companies such as Global continue to thrive.”
Figures released during the summer revealed that BBC Radio 3 was down 15.8 per cent in the past year to just over 1.9million listeners.
At the same time, Classic FM had 5.48million listeners.
Source: Daily Mail