Moyles and Evans boosts BBC
BBC Radio 1 continues to attract listeners, thanks to the Chris Moyles show, and Chris Evans is doing his bit for Radio 2, according to the latest RAJAR results released today.
Whilst Chris Moyles' saw a small rise from 6.79million to 6.81 million listeners, Chris Evans added an extra 33,000 this quarter taking his afternoon audience to 4.88million.
Elsewhere, 6 Music and BBC 7 post record reach to boost the networks digital portfolio. BBC 6 Music has record reach of 400,000 — up from last year's 285,000 and 354,000 last quarter, while share stays at last quarter's 0.2% – up from 0.1% last year. BBC 7's reach is up to 697,000 (631,000 last year and 668,000 last quarter), while share is 0.3% – the same as last year but slightly down on the quarter (0.4%).
Jenny Abramsky, Director, BBC Radio & Music, said: "I'm pleased to see the continued, steady growth of Radio 1, and our digital-only networks contributing to the rise in digital listening."
BBC Radio 1 has added 248,000 listeners over the past year, while share is 9.8% – up from 9.4% last year but down on last quarter's 10.3%.
BBC Radio 2 has 12.74 million listeners (12.86m last year and 13.29m last quarter). Share, at 15.5%, is slightly down on the year (15.6%) and the quarter (15.7%).
BBC Radio 3's reach is up to 2.03 million – from 1.83m last quarter and in line with last year's 2.07m. Share (1.3%) is up on the quarter (1.1%) and the year (1.2%).
BBC Radio 4 has 9.47 million listeners – up on the quarter (9.19m) and down on the year (9.62m). The station's share, at 11.8%, is up from 10.7% last quarter and 11.5% last year.
BBC Radio Five Live (which records a combined reach with its digital service Five Live Sports Extra) has a reach of 5.87 million, down from 6.17m last year and 6.14m last quarter. Share is 4.4%, down from 4.7% last quarter and last year.
BBC Local and National Radio has a reach of 9.73 million (9.86m last year and 9.97m last quarter) and share of 9.8% (10.7% last quarter and last year).
Five Live Sports Extra has 649,000 listeners, up from 482,000 last year but slightly down on last quarter's record 658,000. Its share is steady at 0.2% (0.1% last year and 0.2% last quarter).
1Xtra has 394,000 listeners — steady on the year (405,000) and up on last quarter (284,000). Its share (0.2%) is up on the quarter (0.1%) but down on the year (0.3%).
The BBC World Service has 1.35 million listeners — up on last quarter (1.26m) and slightly down on the year (1.42m). Share is up to 0.8% from 0.7% last year and last quarter.
The BBC Asian Network has increased reach for the second successive quarter following significant schedule change, with 481,000 listeners — up on last quarter's 444,000 but down on last year's 524,000 — while share, at 0.3%, is level with last year and down on the quarter (0.4%).