Election result trebles 5 live online audience

BBC Radio 5 live says the number of requests to listen to its online stream was three times higher than usual last Friday morning as the result of the election became clear.

The station reports a peak of 136,000 listen live requests, which it says is treble the average for the time slot.

5 live also says it received nearly a quarter of a million online requests to stream the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight at the start of the month, despite the boxing match taking place in the middle of the night UK time. It was the most-listened to sporting event online on 5 live so far this year, with 243,940 online requests.

On election day, as the country marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the news and sport station broadcast an interview with a 92-year old former Spitfire pilot. 5 live had also made a video of her taking to the skies again in one, 70 years after the last time she had done so. 170,000 people have watched the video on the BBC website and the station says it reached 2.5 million people via the 5 live Facebook page.

Jonathan Wall, controller BBC Radio 5 live, said: “Last week was pretty special for 5 live. Our story about Joy Lofthouse had a big impact on our listeners just as the country was marking the anniversary of VE Day. Then our brilliant election coverage reached its climax with the shock exit poll and the results showing a victory for David Cameron. The following morning we had a huge audience listening to us for the latest news.

“I’m enormously proud of the efforts of our teams. We produced 22 hours of live rolling coverage on Friday. In the run-up to polling day, we came live from a mosque in north London, a Glasgow tower block and a caravan park in Anglesey. We’ve been to every corner of the country hearing voters’ concerns and putting their questions to politicians. I’m really pleased we’ve seen a surge in digital listening, which suggests our audience is enjoying what they’re hearing.”

Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by RadioToday

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