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Digital Radio listening drops

In the digital radio world, the quarterly listening results show a drop of one per cent with 17.7 million people now tuning in to radio via a digitally enabled set each week.

Time spent listening to a digital set has also dropped by two per cent, but year-on-year comparisons show a healthier rise of 11 per cent.

Meanwhile, DAB ownership has increased by 14 per cent year on year, with 16.6 million adults now claiming to live in a household which has a DAB receiver, compared with 14.5 million a year ago.

These figures are reflected in the latest RAJAR for our digital only stations as Jazz FM loses 66,000 listeners in three months but sees a rise in average hours, and Planet Rock is up year on year but lost a thousand listeners in the quarter.

Planet Rock CEO Malcolm Bluemel said “I’m nearly 18 months into the job and the station keeps growing, with well over 700,000 rock fans listening to us weekly and along with record hours, obviously which means we’re doing something right!”

Fun Kids, which has been available on DAB in London over the summer, saw an extra 6,000 listeners on their quarterly figures. Gregory Watson, the station’s managing director told RadioToday.co.uk: "We are extremely happy that more and more kids, mums and dads are finding and listening to Fun Kids every day. We’re working really hard to make it the best radio station for children in London".

Fun Kids now has 182,000 kids and adults tuning in each week, whilst Planet Rock enjoys a 708,000 weekly reach nationwide.

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