The Salford move and the latest RAJARs
We're now halfway through the move of 5 live programmes from London to Salford. At the moment we are broadcasting 12 hours a day from Salford and 12 hours a day from London and by the end of November the move will be fully completed. It's gone as smoothly as we could have hoped so far with very few problems on air and we're already beginning to get a sense of the possibilities of our new home.
We've already covered a number of major news stories from Salford including the death of Colonel Gaddafi and the resignation of Liam Fox - I'd be surprised if anyone can point to differences in our coverage of these stories as a result of being in Salford rather than West London.
Meanwhile we've continued to be on the spot for major stories as they happen - presenting Drive from Dale Farm last week and Westminster and Brussels this week, while Dotun Adebayo presented Up All Night from the scene of the Occupy the City protests outside St Paul's Cathedral.
The youth unemployment discussion on Drive a couple of weeks ago and the male voice choir on Tony Livesey's programme both gave a sense of how we are starting to use our new studios to the full.
The latest RAJAR numbers for the three months of July, August and September show we're in good health as we make the move. The most exciting thing is that the audience to 5 live Sports Extra has risen to record levels reaching an average of 1.2 million people a week, driven I'm sure by very high levels of listening to the England v India Test series. The number of listeners to 5 live was 6.24 million - so it's stayed above the 6 million mark for nearly three years now.
The summer quarter in years with no World Cup or Olympics is traditionally a relatively low one because much of the period falls outside the football season but this number is our third highest ever for this period. Total listening to 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra was 6.43 million - that's steady on the year although down 0.27million on the quarter.
RAJAR reports contain lots of information which we'll be analysing over the coming days. One thing we're particularly interested in is increasing the average hours per listener per week, which currently stands at just over 7 hours a week. In a quarter when overall BBC radio listening hours at their highest level since 2008, we're working hard to make sure we keep improving 5 live by offering programmes which people want to listen to for longer.Related Links