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6 Music up, Chris Evans down

Benefiting from much publicity, 6 Music has increased its audience once again this quarter to 1.19m – double the amount of listeners it had this time last year.

And Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans is over his honeymoon period with one million listeners less than when he started, but still attracts a record 8.48 million.

His latest RAJAR results are down from last quarter’s record of 9.53m but up from last year’s 8.25m and the second highest total ever recorded for an individual programme.

BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live recorded their biggest ever audiences during the General Election period, with the Today programme also attracting a record number of listeners.

Radio 4 reached a record 10.4 million people every week, from 10 million last year and last quarter, with the Today programme bringing in 6.98m weekly listeners – both records since new research methodology was introduced in January 1999.

Meanwhile, Sony Station of the Year Radio 5 live drew 6.76 million listeners per week (6.42m last year and 6.48m last quarter) – another record.

Tim Davie, Director BBC Audio and Music, said: “This is another good set of figures for the radio industry. I’m delighted to see our speech networks attracting record audiences, fuelled by interest in the General Election and illustrating the public’s enduring demand for high quality news, analysis and discussion on radio.”

Radio 1 is up this quarter to 11.81 million listeners per week, up from last quarter’s record 11.74m and 11.34m last year. The Chris Moyles Show has 7.72 million listeners every week – the same as last year but slightly down on last quarter’s record 7.88m.

Radio 2 attracted its second highest ever weekly reach of 13.73 million – from 13.42m last year and 14.57m last quarter and Radio 3 has a weekly reach of 1.86 million listeners (2.02 last year and 2.03 last quarter).

Radio 7 has 949,000 listeners – from 834,000 last year and 1.05m last quarter. 5 live sports extra attracted 547,000 listeners every week – from 676,000 last year and 685,000 last quarter. 1Xtra has 600,000 weekly listeners (663,000 last quarter and 634,000 last year) and the BBC Asian Network’s weekly reach is 437,000 listeners, from 357,000 last quarter and 421,00 last year.

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