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One million for Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland has attracted more than a million listeners in the latest figures just released – the only station in Scotland to top the million mark.

The latest Rajar report for the final quarter of 2005 shows the station attracted 1,017,000 listeners reaching 24.3 per cent of the population – an increase of 51,000 listeners on the previous quarter.

Live streaming of Radio Scotland over the internet also attracted a record number for the last quarter according to BBC figures, with 358,000 requests – taking the total figure for the year to 1.14 million.

Requests to listen to live SPL commentaries also proved a big hit, with 323,000 in the last quarter alone.

The top-of-the-table clash between Celtic and Hearts in mid October, for example, received 14,225 requests – a record for an SPL streamed commentary – while the Edinburgh derby on 29 October was in second place with 13,889 listeners on the web.

Head of Radio at BBC Scotland, Jeff Zycinski, welcomed the latest figures.

He said: “We’re obviously delighted to be the only station in Scotland with more than a million listeners a week. It’s a real tribute to our programme makers across Scotland.

“We’ve tried out a lot of new ideas in the past year, and introduced many new voices to the station. We plan to continue with that kind of creative spirit in the year ahead.

“We’ll continue to provide exclusive SPL commentary, launch new comedy and drama and remain Scotland’s biggest champion of live music.

“Naturally there’s one thing we want to say to our listeners – thanks a million!”

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