Radioplayer gets 5.7m listeners
The first listening figures released for Radioplayer, the online radio partnership between the BBC and commercial radio, show it was accessed by 5.7m unique listeners in May.
The worldwide 'snap-shot' figures reveal over 22.5m individual listening sessions were launched from the Radioplayer online console over a four-week period.
UK Radioplayer MD Michael Hill said: 'Growing digital radio is a long game, but we now have two magic ingredients. A simple, consistent Radioplayer with millions of users, and an industry working collaboratively on its digital future. It's a great start.'Positive foundation
The service launched eight weeks ago with 157 stations - including every BBC station - and has now grown to 238, with more signed up to join this month.
The partnership is currently in talks with RAJAR on how to validate and interpret its usage figures, while the release of a new 'player building tool' this week will make it easier for smaller stations to sign up to the service.
Andrew Harrison, chairman of Radioplayer, described the first set of figures as 'really encouraging'. 'We look forward to building on this very positive foundation to create something that serves both industry and listeners alike,' he said.