In direct answer to my own question, I suspect that it is more a question of evolution rather than reinvention. Of course there is such a thing as the digital revolution in broadcasting, of which we are part, but maybe this involves integrating radio with other media.
It seems likely that many more arts institutions will choose to broadcast directly to their audiences, effectively making BBC Arts coverage redundant. My own feeling would therefore be that partnership is key to the long-term survival of BBC Radio 3.
The people at the Third Programme have decided no longer to tell us about what they are about to broadcast. They do not now publish what they call their "schedule" until after the transmission has been made. Is our Membership willing to venture an explanation of this one of the greatest mysteries of contemporary Britain? Were any of our readers in government would they recognize an obligation to inform and prepare the population? Do they not as do I agree with Lord Byron that "demo-cracy" is the worst sort of government, it being essentially rule by an oligarchy of blackguards drawn from the lowest strata of "society".