RAJAR: Record reach for Chris Evans show
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RAJAR: Record reach for Chris Evans show

It’s been a good quarter for BBC networks as Radio 2 records an all time high of 15.51 million weekly listeners, up from 15.11m last year and 14.94m last quarter.

The station’s share of listening remained level with last year’s 17.6% and the Chris Evans Breakfast Show drew a record audience of 9.82 million listeners every week – compared to 9.35m last quarter and 9.52m last year.

At Radio 1, Nick Grimshaw added 700,000 listeners over the quarter to register a weekly audience of 6.29 million – up on last quarter but down year on year.

Radio 1 attracted 10.97 million listeners during the period (in line with 10.83m last quarter and 11.09m last year) with a share of 6.9%, (from 6.6% last quarter and 7.4% last year).

BBC Radio 4 also posted a record weekly reach of 11.21 million and the Today programme has 7.14 million listeners each week, from 7.05m last year and 6.81m last quarter.

Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, said: “These figures are wonderful news for the radio industry and Britain’s love affair with radio shows no signs of cooling. We are a nation of audiophiles and so, despite the ever-increasing competition for people’s time and the growing range of online audio providers, radio is thriving in the digital age. I’m delighted that the BBC’s distinctive portfolio of stations is proving so enduringly popular and helping the UK radio industry go from strength to strength.”

Elsewhere, Radio 3 has a weekly audience of 1.99 million listeners – compared to 2.03m last quarter and 2.06m last year. The network’s share is 1.1%, from 1.2% last quarter and 1.3% last year.

BBC Radio 5 live posted a combined reach with sister station 5 live sports extra of 6.53 million listeners, up from 6.27m last year and level on last quarter’s 6.53m. Share for Radio 5 live (inc. sports extra) is 4.5% (4.5% last quarter and 4.6% last year).

Among digital-only stations, Radio 6 Music and Asian Network attracted record numbers of listeners; Radio 6 Music drew 1.96 million listeners – from 1.89m last year and 1.73m last quarter – while the Asian Network saw its audience rise to 668,000 – from 453,000 last year and 555,000 last quarter.

Radio 1’s sister station Radio 1Xtra posted a reach of 1.09 million weekly listeners across the period (from 1.04m last year and 1.19m last quarter), whilst Radio 4 Extra attracted 1.65 million listeners per week (from last quarter’s 1.59 million and last year’s 1.69 million).

BBC World Service’s weekly UK audience was 1.41 million (from 1.46m last year and last quarter), while BBC Local / Regional radio reached 9.32 million listeners per week – from 9.14m last year and 9.26m last year.

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8 2 1496 06 February, 2014 Industry News, RAJAR News 12:10 am 20142 Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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