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RAJAR 2010 Quarter 2: Radio 4 and 5 Live make record gains in Election period

  • Radio 4 has biggest ever audience
  • Record listeners for Radio 5 Live
  • New highs for Radio 1 and 6 Music

BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live recorded their biggest ever audiences during the General Election period, with the Today programme also attracting a record number of listeners, according to figures published today by RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd).

During the measurement period (29 March-27 June), Radio 4 reached a record 10.4 million people every week (from 10 million last year and last quarter) with the Today programme bringing in 6.98m weekly listeners (6.44m last quarter and 6.51m last year) – both records since new research methodology was introduced in January 1999.

Meanwhile, Sony Station of the Year, Radio 5 Live, drew 6.76 million listeners per week (6.42m last year and 6.48m last quarter) – also a record under current methodology.

Tim Davie, Director BBC Audio & Music, said: "This is another good set of figures for the radio industry. I'm delighted to see our speech networks attracting record audiences, fuelled by interest in the General Election and illustrating the public's enduring demand for high quality news, analysis and discussion on radio."

BBC Radio 1 posted record reach of 11.81 million listeners per week, up from last quarter's record 11.74m and 11.34m last year. Its share – at 9.3% – is down on last quarter (9.5%) and last year (10.3%). The Chris Moyles Show has 7.72 million listeners every week – the same as last year but slightly down on last quarter's record 7.88m.

BBC Radio 2 attracted its second highest ever weekly reach of 13.73 million – from 13.42m last year and 14.57m last quarter – and a share of 15.9% – from 15.5% last year and 17.2% last quarter. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show attracted 8.48 million listeners – down from last quarter's record of 9.53m but still the second highest total ever recorded for an individual programme. Sir Terry Wogan's show for the corresponding quarter last year attracted 7.93 million listeners.

BBC Radio 3 has a weekly reach of 1.86 million listeners (2.02 last year and 2.03 last quarter) and the network's share is 1% (from 1.2% both last year and last quarter).

All BBC Radio had a weekly reach of 34.59m (from 34.1m last year and 34.88m last quarter) and a share of 54.6% (from the same figure last year and 56.5% last quarter).

In digital-only services, 6 Music continued to grow, passing last quarter's 1.02 million listeners to a record 1.19 million listeners – doubling its audience from last year's 595,000.

BBC Radio 7 has 949,000 listeners – from 834,000 last year and 1.05m last quarter. 5 Live Sports Extra attracted 547,000 listeners every week – from 676,000 last year and 685,000 last quarter. 1Xtra has 600,000 weekly listeners (663,000 last quarter and 634,000 last year) and the Asian Network's weekly reach is 437,000 listeners, from 357,000 last quarter and 421,00 last year.


Weekly reach - BBC Radio
Reach in thousands      
  Jun 09 Mar 10 Jun 10
All BBC 34,098 34,877 34,585
All BBC Network Radio 30,706 31,318 31,263
Radio 1 11,342 11,737 11,810
Radio 2 13,424 14,569 13,729
Radio 3 2,021 2,025 1,858
Radio 4 9,999 10,029 10,403
Radio 5 Live 6,415 6,481 6,763
Radio 5 Live (including Sports Extra) 6,515 6,563 6,804
BBC Local / Regional 9,072 9,987 9,135

Weekly reach - BBC Digital Radio
Reach in thousands      
  Jun 09 Mar 10 Jun 10
5 Live Sports Extra 676 685 547
BBC 6 Music 595 1,023 1,194
1Xtra 634 663 600
BBC Radio 7 834 1,049 949
BBC World Service 1,438 1,288 1,285
BBC Asian Network UK 421 357 437

Weekly share - BBC Radio
       
  Jun 09 Mar 10 Jun 10
All BBC 54.6% 56.5% 54.6%
All BBC Network Radio 45.9% 47.2% 46.2%
Radio 1 10.3% 9.5% 9.3%
Radio 2 15.5% 17.2% 15.9%
Radio 3 1.2% 1.2% 1.0%
Radio 4 12.1% 12.2% 12.5%
Radio 5 Live 4.5% 4.6% 4.8%
Radio 5 Live (including Sports Extra) 4.7% 4.7% 5.0%
BBC Local / Regional 8.7% 9.3% 8.3%

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