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Date: 17.05.2012Last updated: 17.05.2012 at 09.45

Category: Radio

Digital station Radio 6 Music has posted record listening figures in the week it was named UK Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

  • Digital network posts record audience in Sony award-winning week
  • Radio 2 boosted as Chris Evans attracts 9.23 million
  • Listening remains buoyant with audiences tuning into more than a billion hours of radio

New figures published today by RAJAR show that the network is more popular than ever, reaching 1.45 million people every week, up from 1.3m last year and 1.44m last quarter. It celebrated its 10th birthday in March – during the measurement period – and scooped the Sony award on Monday evening. It was also named Radio station of the Year at the 2012 Music Week Awards last month.

The figures for the period (January 2-April 1) show all BBC Radio reached 34.59 million people every week (from 34.94 last quarter and 35.07m last year) and posted a share of 55.4% (55.5% last quarter and 55% last year). They also reveal listeners consumed more than a billion hours of radio over the quarter, with BBC stations contributing nearly 600 million hours to the total as audiences tuned into BBC services for an average of 17 hours per week.

Tim Davie, Director BBC Audio & Music, said: “Radio listening remains very strong across the industry with robust audiences for BBC networks. After winning a Sony award for best station, these figures cap an excellent week for Radio 6 Music and represent another milestone in the growth of digital-only radio services.”

Radio 1 attracted 11.14 million listeners during the period (compared to 11.67m last quarter and 11.83 last year) with a share of 8.2%, (from 8.5% last quarter and 8.7% last year). The Chris Moyles Show now has 7.10 million listeners every week – from 7.24m last quarter and 7.52m last year.

Radio 2’s weekly audience grew to 14.56 million – the station’s second highest ever total and up from 14.27m last quarter and 14.54m last year. It had a share of 16.8%, from 16.3% last quarter and 16% last year. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show drew an audience of 9.23 million listeners every week – also narrowly missing its previous best and up from 8.86m last quarter and 9.18m last year.

Radio 3 has a weekly audience of 1.9 million listeners – compared to 2.1m last quarter and 2.26m last year. The network’s share is 1.1%, from 1.3% last quarter and last year.

Radio 4 posted a weekly audience of 10.31 million, from 10.83m last quarter and last year. The Today programme has 6.66 million listeners each week, from 7.03m last year and 7.15m last quarter. Radio 4’s digital sister station Radio 4 Extra attracted 1.5 million listeners during the period, from last year’s 1.16million.

BBC Radio 5 live posted a combined reach with sister station 5 live sports extra of 6.55 million listeners, from 6.34m last quarter and 6.75m last year. Share for Radio 5 live (inc. sports extra) is 4.7% (4.4% last quarter and 4.7% last year).

The BBC Asian Network posted a record weekly reach of 540,000 listeners, up from 472,000 last quarter and 500,000 last year. Radio 1Xtra attracted 916,000 weekly listeners across the period, from 892, 000 last year and 1.02m last quarter. BBC World Service posted a UK reach of 1.3 million (1.39m last quarter), while BBC Local / Regional radio reached 9.9 million listeners per week - from 9.60m last quarter and 10.2m last year.

Weekly reach – BBC Radio
Reach in thousands      
  Mar 11
Dec 11 Mar 12
All BBC 35,074 34,940 34,594
All BBC Network Radio 31,889 31,635 31,196
Radio 1 11,825 11,665 11,141
Radio 2 14,537 14,267 14,560
Radio 3 2,258 2,097 1,902
Radio 4 10,829 10,834 10,307
Radio 5 Live 6,653 6,227 6,364
Radio 5 Live (inc Sports Extra) 6,750 6,342 6,553
BBC Local/Regional (inc Nations) 10,197 9,604 9,895
Weekly reach – BBC Digital Radio
Reach in thousands      
  Mar 11
Dec 11 Mar 12
5 Live Sports Extra 799 616 952
BBC 6 Music 1,297 1,443 1,454
1Xtra 892 1,017 916
BBC Radio 4 Extra 1,159 1,554 1,502
BBC World Service 1,790 1,388 1,303
BBC Asian Network UK 500 472 540

BBC Radio Publicity

After winning a Sony award for best station, these figures cap an excellent week for Radio 6 Music and represent another milestone in the growth of digital-only radio services.”

Tim Davie, Director, BBC Audio & Music

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