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Radio Three's Paul Gambaccini has been the target of an ugly campaign-accusing him of driving the once highbrow music station downmarket. Edward Pearce speaks out in his defence and offers views of his own on the station's past and future

By Edward Pearce   March 1996

A few weeks back the Radio Times carried a sheaf of letters denouncing the hideous descent of Radio Three and damning to hell its presenter, Paul Gambaccini, whose Morning Collection represented an acceptance of “Classic FM values.”

Gambaccini, an American who once worked for Classic FM, whom Radio Three’s controller, Nicholas Kenyon, picked up in the manner of a football manager grabbing a much-fancied centre forward, is symptomatic of a more general argument about the station. I want to clear the record over an absurdly traduced individual; it is also time to look at the wider issues raised by the…

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