Nothing But Music: Simon Mayo joins new Classical "entertainment" station, Scala radio.

Simon Mayo has announced his return to radio after leaving BBC Radio 2.

The former drivetime host will join Scala, the first new national station for classical music in almost 30 years, which will be a direct competitor to Global’s Classic FM.

Simon Mayo will present on the station 6 days a week betweeen 10am-1pm with celebrity interviews, listener interaction and a new ‘Classical Confessions’ feature.

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Simon Mayo says: “There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations – until now. We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today.”

Steve Parkinson, Bauer Group Managing Director, National Radio said: “We are launching new radio brands at great velocity and we believe that Scala is the most exciting new personality-led radio station launch in years. The mix of music, personality and conversation will make it both intriguing and completely unique. We’ve completely re-imagined a format and designed it to appeal to a modern audience. This will be the very best in classical music for today.”

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Scala is brought to you by the same people behind popular stations Magic FM, Kerrang and KISS.

Other presenters will include Angelica Bell, Film reviewer Mark Kermode, Chris Rogers, Charles Nove, Sam Hughes and ex Classic FM presenters Mark Forrest and Jamie Crick. Mayo will continue to host his film show with Kermode on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Scala Radio launches March 4th.