BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru lose listeners

The latest BBC Radio Wales audience figures show a fall in listeners according to the body in charge of measuring listening statistics.

Rajar said Radio Wales' attracted 436,000 listeners a week, down by 14,000 on the last quarter and down 32,000 on a year ago.

Radio Cymru has 125,000 weekly listeners, down 17,000 on the last quarter.

BBC Radio 2 attracts 872,000 listeners in Wales and Radio 1 676,000.

Each listener tunes into Radio Wales for an average of nine hours each week.

That statistic is down half-an-hour compared with the last quarter and two hours compared to a year ago, the figures reveal.

A BBC Wales statements said the figures were largely unchanged from the last quarter.

"As we had some significant schedule changes during this period, it's encouraging that the station seems to be maintaining its share of 7.4% of all radio listening in Wales."

On Radio Cymru the average hours per listener is 10.9 hours - which is largely unchanged from last year.

The station's share amongst Welsh speakers is 13% which is up 0.5% and 0.7% compared with the last quarter and last year.

A spokesperson for Radio Cymru said the figures were for the six months up to the end of December 2012

"They show that 125,000 people are listening every week.

"Although reach is down there is no change in the audience share or average hours per listener."

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