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Great results for BBC Wales

According to the official Rajar figures released today, the number of people listening to BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru has risen yet again.

449,000 people were tuning in to Radio Wales every week during the last quarter of 2005 – an increase of 65,000 over the previous quarter and a 22,000 increase since last year.

The share of all listening in Wales also increased to 9.6 per cent from the previous quarter’s 9.4%.

Radio Wales’ highest audience of the week is 129,000 on Sunday morning during Dewi Griffiths’ nostalgic music programme, A String of Pearls.

Julie Barton, Editor, Radio Wales, said: “These are great figures in the face of stiff competition, an increasingly crowded market-place and challenges over DAB and FM. I’m really proud of what we’ve all achieved.”

Radio Cymru has seen a staggering 41 per cent increase in its number of listeners since the same time last year with 182,000 tuning in every week.

The share of all listening in Wales is five per cent, up from 4.5% last quarter.

Jonsi and Grav pull in the highest audiences of the week with 66,000 enjoying their weekday morning shows.

Aled Glynne, Editor, Radio Cymru, says:”I’m delighted with these figures as it proves that we’re reaching more and more listeners all the time – and that’s something to celebrate.”

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