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Friday 1 February 2013, 11:42

Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall Controller, Radio 5 Live

I just wanted to share the headlines from our latest audience figures with you.

The total numbers of listeners to 5 live increased by a small amount in the last quarter (October to December 2012) to 6.12 million listeners. One of our aims is to maintain an audience reach of above 6 million, so it is pleasing to do this again for the 16th consecutive time.

A lot has happened over the last year, not least the small matter of moving a 24 hour live speech radio station 200 miles, so I’m really proud of the commitment shown by our team over this period to keep making really strong and brave programmes.

5 live sports extra saw its biggest ever figure for the October-December period – up to 850,000 listeners each week. Our sports team have put a lot of focus into improving the schedule on sports extra so I am pleased to see these good numbers.

It has been a busy start to the year as we put our plans in place for 2013 and we’ve been putting some early thoughts in about Commonwealth Games and World Cup coverage in 2014.  I’ve been really pleased with the strength of our sport and news journalism over the last fortnight. Highlights have included coverage of the David Cameron Europe speech when I thought we analysed all the issues very clearly across the day. The latest twist on the Lance Armstrong story  - his Oprah interview – saw really significant audience interest. We covered it well on Up All Night, in 5 live Sport and on Sportsweek in particular.

We commissioned a documentary from an independent production company called “Snappin Turtle” which took a snapshot of homelessness in the UK on one of the coldest nights of the year. This was recorded and edited very quickly and we broadcast it last Sunday night as part of an extended Stephen Nolan show. 

I was also really pleased with our transfer deadline day coverage and the way we worked closely with our colleagues from BBC TV and BBC Sports website to keep a track on all the stories.

They are just some of the things that have been keeping us busy. Let me know your thoughts on what you’ve been hearing.

We should have a new permanent controller in place within the next few weeks. When we do have, we will make sure we are on this blog, asking you what you think about our programmes and our coverage and any suggestions you want to share about how we keep making 5 live even better. We also have lots of exciting plans about the Ashes summer and some powerful news specials we have commissioned which we can tell you about soon.

Thanks for reading and for being one of the 6.12 million listeners.

Jonathan Wall is acting controller of 5 live and 5 live sports extra


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    Comment number 1.

    When Stephen Nolan is on the audience is about 27.

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    Comment number 2.

    If that ...

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    Comment number 3.

    I whole heartedly agree.

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    Comment number 4.

    I don't know why the BBC are so keen to have Nolan on so much. They fly him over here and then whole chunks of his programme get repeated, sometimes on the same night. Why do we want to hear it twice? He's far too full of himself.

    Is Victoria Derbyshire part-time now? She is certainly part-time in Salford. It suits me though as I much prefer anyone to her and her sob stories to depress us at 10 a.m. every morning. Chris Warburton is a particularly good replacement.

    Otherwise well done Radio 5 Live.

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    Comment number 5.

    This blog sounds more like a job application for the new controllers position by Mr.Wall, than a proper assessment of the Rajar figures. Underneath all the spin the fact remains that 5Lives audience has flat lined for many years now and there.seems to be a totally complacent attitude about improving the quality of the station and away from this tabloid style rut it is quite obviously stuck in. Agree with the previous comments concerning p/t Derbyshire and Nolan but do the 5live management bods really want to hear what listeners opinions are ?..........err quite clearly not as nothing changes as regards presenters go.What someone like Robbie Savage brings to this radio station tells me all I need to know about how low 5Live has sunk.


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