BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle is Northern Ireland's most listened to radio station

As we approach our 40th anniversary it is heartening to see that we continue to be our listeners’ first choice for high quality news and speech programming and for specialist music, sport, Irish and Ulster-Scots output and much else besides.Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio, BBC Northern Ireland
Date: 15.05.2014     Last updated: 15.05.2014 at 00.02
BBC Radio Ulster/ Foyle remains the most listened to radio station in Northern Ireland according to the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audio Research) figures for Q1 (January, February and March), 2014.

Fresh from winning Station of The Year (One Million Plus) earlier this week at the Radio Academy Awards in London, these latest RAJAR figures show that BBC Radio Ulster is listened to more than any other station in Northern Ireland, with an average weekly audience of 530,000 listeners - approximately 36 per cent of the population (aged 15 plus).

BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle’s average weekly reach figures have increased by 20,000 year on year (with 510,000 in Quarter One, 2013) and 6,000 quarter on quarter (with 524,000 in Quarter Four, 2013)

Programming broadcast on BBC Radio Foyle, as reported by RAJAR, received an average weekly audience of 40,000 listeners. This figure shows an increase of 9,000 listeners year on year (with an average weekly audience of 31,000 listeners in Quarter One, 2013) and stable quarter on quarter (with an average weekly audience of 41,000 listeners in Quarter Four, 2013).

Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio, BBC Northern Ireland, says: “This is proving to be a wonderful week for BBC Radio Ulster. Firstly, we won the prestigious Station of the Year (One Million Plus) title at the Radio Academy Awards and now these RAJAR figures tell us we remain Northern Ireland’s most listened to radio station with an increase of 20,000 to our average weekly reach.

“As we approach our 40th anniversary it is heartening to see that we continue to be our listeners’ first choice for high quality news and speech programming and for specialist music, sport, Irish and Ulster-Scots output and much else besides.

“I’d like to thank our listeners for their enduring relationship with us - they are at the heart of everything we do. And thank you, too, to the BBC Radio Ulster team, who put their heart and soul into making engaging, informative and exciting content.

“I am also delighted that BBC Radio Foyle has maintained a strong average weekly audience beyond the UK City of Culture 2013. We will continue to cater for audiences in that area, with BBC Radio Foyle providing bespoke north west programming, top quality news content and being a production base for programmes such as Your Place And Mine and Pure Culture.”

BBC Radio Ulster, 92–95FM & DAB digital radio, digital TV and online at bbc.co.uk/radioulster.

JM4