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BBC Radio 3 have announced a number of forthcoming schedule changes as the station seeks to strengthen its non-classical music programming.

From September, Andy Kershaw's world music programme will be moved to an extended 1 hour 45 minute slot on Sunday evenings, with the experimental music show Mixing It moving to Friday evening.

A number of new programmes will fill the weekend schedule, including Charles Hazlewood's classical show Discovering Music, a new baroque and early music programme hosted by Catherine Bott and Andrew Monze, and Kit and the Widow Cocktails, in which the cabaret pair take an sideways glance at life and culture.

The new line-up of Jools Holland, George Melly, André Previn and Woody Allen will host Radio 3's jazz documentary programme Jazz File, and famous names to host the station's Saturday morning show throughout the summer include Jenny Agutter, Ian Hislop, Simon Callow and Armando Iannucci.

Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3, commented: "As we move towards our new schedule in September, I'm delighted to introduce a new range of voices to the network, alongside a development of our regular music programmes.

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