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BBC Five Live’s big loss

BBC national speech station Five Live has today suffered a loss in audience making Q3 it’s worst RAJAR in some years. Year on year the BBC news and sport station has suffered losses with their audience down to 5.49 million from 5.75 million this time last year.

Other BBC losses include Radio 1 who have dropped from 10.87 million last quarter to 10.58 million in Quarter 3. There has been a slightly less dramatic loss year on year of 1000 listeners. While Radio 2 have seen year on year gains, adding a quarter of a million listeners they have also lost a considerable number since the last quarter.

The corporation is reporting big gains in digital listening with gains for BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Five Live Sport Extra.

Jenny Abramsky, Director BBC Audio & Music, said: "The continued growth of digital radio is once again the highlight of the quarter. It is pleasing to see digital listening — from DAB to podcasting — ensuring radio remains as popular and relevant as ever."

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