GLOBAL: Capital slips down to number 2

Capital FM’s return to the most listened to commercial station in London was short lived as the station drops back behind Magic.

Across the group, Global Radio has recorded over 20 million listeners for the first time – 7.7 million of those from the Heart brand.

Capital across the UK now has 6.9 million listeners, even though some stations took a small dip this quarter. Johnny and Lisa remain hosts of London’s biggest commercial breakfast show with 1.14m listeners, and Xfm gains an extra 80,000 listeners taking the total to over 1 million a week.

Elsewhere, Gold increases in reach with 1.5 million people tuning in each week, Classic FM loses 250,000 listeners this quarter and LBC’s audience remains steady, with figures showing a weekly reach of 1.15 million people.

The Global-produced Big Top 40 is up, with 2.4 million people tuning in each week to Rich Clarke and Kat Shoob – up 9% since last quarter. Global tells us this is one million more listeners than the BBC Radio 1 Chart.

Ashley Tabor, Founder & Executive President said: “Another set of solid results for Global and a huge moment as we reach over 20 million people each week in the UK for the first time!”

Richard Park, Director of Broadcasting at Global Radio said: “The Heart and Capital Networks have secured excellent results this quarter showing further consolidation of the networks it’s been another great quarter for us!

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 12:31 am by RadioToday UK

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