Classic showdown

Another music-world battle – this time on the classical front – is heading back to court. TV presenter Susan Stranks, widow of broadcaster Robin Ray who died of cancer last December, has pledged to continue a battle started by her husband against Classic FM. Ray helped launch the station in 1992 and shortly before his death he won a signpost action against the station when the High Court ruled that he held the copyright in huge classical music lists he had drawn up. Classic FM has launched an appeal against the ruling but Stranks has vowed to contest the appeal, both in memory of her husband and for the rights of others involved in this area of showbusiness.