BBC: Moyles and Evans drop

Both Chris Moyles and Chris Evans have taken a drop in listening figures this quarter, with Moyles losing half a million on Radio 1 since three months ago.

At Radio 2, Evans lost 240,000 listeners this quarter but at 8.14m, he's still got more listeners than the breakfast slot 12 months ago, which had 7.76m.

Over all, Radio 1 reported 11.65 million listeners per week in the quarter, up from the 11.11m last year and slightly down its record high of 11.81 million in the previous quarter. Radio 2 has a reach of 13.68 million – up on last year’s 13.62m and down on last quarter’s 13.73m.

The success story for the BBC this quarter is Radio 3 which attracted nearly 300,000 additional listeners, up from 1.86m last quarter to 2.15 million people every week. Quarter 3 was a period when Radio 3 broadcast every single Prom live from the Royal Albert Hall.

Tim Davie, Director BBC Audio and Music, said: “These are strong figures for the industry, with BBC networks posting solid year-on-year performances after a quarter that saw records broken across the portfolio. Radio 3’s commitment to bring the BBC Proms to a wider audience has been rewarded as the network bounces back above the two million mark.”

Radio 4 has also gone down this quarter but still pulls in 10.37 million listeners.

In digital-only services, Radio 1Xtra posted a record 806,000 weekly listeners – up on last quarter’s 600,000 and last year’s 547,000, and an increase of 47.3 per cent year-on-year. BBC 6 Music attracted 1.20 million weekly listeners in the period – from 624,000 last year and 1.19m last quarter. Radio 7 has a weekly reach of 1.05 million – up both on last quarter (949,000) and last year (884,000) and the BBC Asian Network’s weekly reach is 462,000 listeners, from 437,000 last quarter and 357,000 last year.

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