GCap are this morning celebrating the return of Capital's Breakfast Show to the top spot. Johnny Vaughan now has over 1 million listeners, although Capital is still behind Heart and Magic overall, with Kiss continuing to pile on the pressure.
Nationally, Classic FM is at an all time record with a 12% reach – three times that of BBC equivalent Radio 3. theJazz now has 388,000 listeners, that's a 16% rise quarter on quarter, and interestingly the total of GCap's digital-only stations (Chill, Core, Fun, Life, Planet Rock and TheJazz) comes to 1,414,000 listeners, not far behind the AM "Gold" network on 1,499,000.
The only One Network station reaching less than 15% is Wirral's Buzz on 11%, while continuing high fliers include Horizon (34%), Gemini East (36%), Lantern (39%), and Orchard (39%).
GCap Media Chief Executive Ralph Bernard is happy with today's results: "Our objective at Capital has been to reposition the station to appeal to more 15-34 year olds and to grow the total number of listeners. This strategy is succeeding. We are especially pleased that Johnny Vaughan has gone back to No 1, beating his commercial and BBC rivals. We are also seeing promising growth from our national digital stations and from our network stations including Choice FM.
These strong results reflect the investment we have put into our key London and national brands. GCap continues to grow its total audience and remains the UK's leading commercial radio group with 15.3 million listeners."