Rajar figures, Quarter 2, 2011
The latest audience figures show good results for speech radio in the UK.
The Rajar figures for quarter 2, 2011, cover April, May and June.
The figure for 5 live is 6.54 million listeners per week. The combined total audience reach for 5 live and 5 live sports extra is 6.7 million.
Sports extra maintained an audience of 800,000 listeners per week.
We are pleased to post a third successive figure above 6.5 million which we have never done before. We've also been above 6.25 million for six successive quarters.
It's the highest figure on record for a quarter that doesn't have the benefit of a World Cup football tournament or an Ashes series, and it means that our news programmes in particular have performed very well this time.
The total audience figure for Breakfast (06:00-10:00) is just short of three million, we've also seen the second highest figures ever in the 10:00-12:00 slot in the morning which Victoria hosts and in the 22:30-01:00 Tony Livesey programme.
All of the rest of our programmes between 12:00 and 19:00 have also done very well.
Our sports audience always takes a little dip in quarter 2, particularly on Saturdays in late May and June when the domestic football seaaon has ended. However, our midweek sport in particular has held up very well, compared to last year when we had big World Cup matches.
There are always challenges ahead and goals we want to achieve. We hope to grow sports extra over the next couple of years into a station that can consistently reach over a million listeners each week.
Like Radio 4 and Talksport, it's also important we keep bringing new audiences over to speech radio from music radio - in our case, that means we will need to increase listeners in the 25-44 age range by promoting our content even better over the year ahead.
We are pleased with another good performance, and I am particularly pleased that audience figures in some of core news content programmes like Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire and Drive have been so strong.
Jonathan Wall is 5 live's Deputy Controller