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From the Press Gazette

Rajars: All UK radio station figures for first quarter 2012

17 May 2012
By Dominic Ponsford

News radio stations saw listener numbers fall as radio listening across the board fell slightly in the first quarter of this year.

Radio 4’s flagship current affairs show Today saw one of the biggest falls, from 7,026,000 in the first quarter of 2011 to 6,660,00 in the first quarter of this year. Overall, listening of Radio 4 dropped to 10,307,000 a week from 10,829,000.

Radio 5 Live (including 5 Live Extra) dropped to 6,553,000 a week from 6,750,000.

The BBC Asian Network, which was saved after originally being threatened with closure as part of BBC cost-cutting plans, increased its numbers to 540,000 from 500,000 a year ago.

BBC local radio had a partial reprieve this week with news that budgets would be cut by £8m rather than the £15m which was originally proposed. Total BBC local/regional radio listening dipped slightly in the first quarter to 9,895,000 a week from 10,197,000.

In the commercial sector, Talksport was the top non-music station with 3,233,000 listeners a week (down slightly from 3,248,000 in the same period a year ago).

London station LBC 97.3 reached 867,000 listeners a week, down from 935,000.

Overall, according to Rajar, 90 per cent of UK adults listened to the radio at least once a week in the first quarter of this year: 46,677,000 – down from 47,266,000 in the same period in 2011.

Full breakdown of UK radio station listener numbers in the first quarter of 2012:

Name of station: weekly reach in thousands, percentage change year on year

102.1 Bay Radio : 44 , 4.8
102.4 Wish FM : 79 , 2.6
102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire : 47 , 14.6
102FM Touchradio – Warks Worcs Cotswolds : 54 , 42.1
105-107 Atlantic FM : 66 , -7.0
106 JACKfm (Bristol) (was Original 106) : 118 , 15.7
106 JACKfm (Oxford) : 57 , -6.6
106.1 Real XS (was 106.1 Rock Radio) : n/a , n/a
106.1 Real XS Manchester (was 106.1 Rock Radio) : 122 , n/a
106.3 Bridge FM : 37 , -7.5
107 The Bee : 25 , 8.7
107.2 Wire FM : 63 , 12.5
107.3 Touchradio – Warwick : n/a , n/a
107.4 Tower FM : 51 , -3.8
107.5 Sovereign Radio : 23 , -11.5
107.6 Banbury Sound : 16 , 6.7
107.6 Juice FM : 204 , 16.6
107.7 The Wolf : 45 , 12.5
107.8 Arrow FM for Hastings : 22 , 0.0
1Xtra from the BBC : 916 , 2.7
2BR : 58 , -1.7
3FM : 24 , 9.1
96.2 The Revolution : 30 , -14.3
96.2FM Touchradio – Coventry : 17 , -45.2
96.3 Radio Aire : n/a , n/a
96.3 Radio Aire : 133 , n/a
96.3 Real XS Glasgow (was 96.3 Rock Radio) : 68 , -1.4
96.4 BRMB : 354 , -12.4
96.4 Eagle Radio : 153 , 7.0
96.4 FM The Wave : 141 , 10.2
96.9 Viking FM : 206 , -2.4
97.1 Radio Carmarthenshire : 38 , -2.6
97.2 Stray FM : 44 , -13.7
97.4 Cool FM : 404 , 7.4
97.4 Rock FM : 276 , -3.5
Absolute 80s : 857 , 37.3
Absolute Radio 00s : 84 , -50.6
Absolute Radio 60s : 151 , n/a
Absolute Radio 70s : 157 , n/a
Absolute Radio 90s : 380 , 19.9
Absolute Radio Classic Rock : 396 , 15.8
Absolute Radio London : 580 , -4.0
Absolute Radio National : 1194 , 31.1
BBC 6 Music : 1454 , 12.1
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire : 75 , -7.4
BBC Essex : 235 , -15.8
BBC Hereford & Worcester : 104 , -13.3
BBC London 94.9 : 504 , -9.5
BBC Oxford 95.2FM : 77 , 28.3
BBC Radio 1 : 11141 , -5.8
BBC Radio 2 : 14560 , 0.2
BBC Radio 3 : 1902 , -15.8
BBC Radio 4 : 10307 , -4.8
BBC Radio 4 Extra : 1502 , 29.6
BBC Radio Berkshire : 120 , 10.1
BBC Radio Bristol : 144 , -25.0
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire : 106 , -24.8
BBC Radio Cornwall : 169 , 19.9
BBC Radio Cumbria : 112 , -28.2
BBC Radio Cymru : 136 , -5.6
BBC Radio Derby : 182 , -3.2
BBC Radio Devon : 229 , -6.5
BBC Radio FIVE LIVE : 6364 , -4.3
BBC Radio Gloucestershire : 95 , 6.7
BBC Radio Guernsey : 25 , 31.6
BBC Radio Humberside : 216 , 0.9
BBC Radio Jersey : 27 , -10.0
BBC Radio Kent : 258 , -3.7
BBC Radio Lancashire : 247 , -1.2
BBC Radio Leeds : 250 , -7.4
BBC Radio Leicester : 175 , 5.4
BBC Radio Lincolnshire : 105 , -9.5
BBC Radio Manchester : 259 , 27.6
BBC Radio Merseyside : 390 , 20.7
BBC Radio Newcastle : 310 , 2.6
BBC Radio Norfolk : 234 , 3.5
BBC Radio Northampton : 97 , -11.0
BBC Radio Nottingham : 225 , 1.4
BBC Radio Scotland : 1007 , -3.6
BBC Radio Sheffield : 268 , 3.1
BBC Radio Shropshire : 111 , 0.9
BBC Radio Solent : 273 , 0.7
BBC Radio Stoke : 172 , -6.0
BBC Radio Suffolk : 142 , -0.7
BBC Radio Tees : 159 , 3.9
BBC Radio Ulster : 509 , -9.8
BBC Radio Wales : 462 , 0.7
BBC Radio Wiltshire/Swindon : 89 , -1.1
BBC Radio York : 84 , -8.7
BBC Solent for Dorset : 24 , 20.0
BBC Somerset : 67 , -18.3
BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey : 229 , -23.7
BBC Three Counties Radio : 162 , -11.5
BBC WM (Birmingham & Black Country) : 239 , 13.8
BBC World Service : 1303 , -27.2
Beacon Radio : 242 , 0.8
Buzz Asia 963 & 972AM : 119 , 7.2
C.F.M (Bauer Carlisle) : 87 , -23.7
Capital Birmingham (was Galaxy) : 431 , -6.1
Capital East Midlands (was Leicester Sound RAM FM & Trent FM) : 478 , -13.7
Capital London : 2269 , 4.1
Capital Manchester (was Galaxy) : 453 , -10.3
Capital North East (was Galaxy) : 521 , -7.8
Capital Scotland (was Galaxy) : 484 , 5.2
Capital South Coast (was Galaxy) : 236 , 13.5
Capital South Wales (was Red Dragon) : 207 , -33.2
Capital Yorkshire (Was Galaxy) : 1107 , 3.3
Central FM : 51 , -5.6
Channel 103 FM : 45 , 7.1
Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 : 17 , -10.5
Chester’s Dee 106.3 : 33 , 0.0
Chill : 229 , 33.1
Choice FM London : 577 , 36.4
City Talk 105.9 : 76 , 22.6
Citybeat 96.7/102.5FM : 134 , -11.3
Classic FM : 5444 , -10.5
Clyde 1 FM : 517 , -10.7
Clyde 2 : 184 , -28.1
Colourful : n/a , n/a
Connect FM (was Connect FM and Lite 106.8FM) : 42 , -2.3
County Sound 1566 : 6 , -33.3
Dearne FM : 55 , 3.8
Downtown Radio (DTR) : 228 , -19.1
Dream 100 : 47 , -4.1
Exeter FM : 28 , 3.7
Fire Radio : 48 , 29.7
Fire Radio South Coast : 5 , n/a
FIVE LIVE SPORTS EXTRA : 952 , 19.1
Forth2 : 76 , -20.0
ForthOne : 354 , 18.4
Gem 106 : 380 , -19.1
Glide FM 1079 (was Oxford’s FM 107.9) : 19 , -5.0
Gold Birmingham : 71 , 34.0
Gold Cambridgeshire : 38 , 8.6
Gold Coventry : 21 , -8.7
Gold Devon : 52 , 30.0
Gold East Anglia : 64 , -5.9
Gold East Midlands : 71 , -15.5
Gold Essex : 54 , -3.6
Gold Four Counties : 79 , 12.9
Gold Kent : 49 , -5.8
Gold London : 266 , -16.1
Gold Manchester : 103 , 3.0
Gold North West & Wales : 30 , 42.9
Gold Solent : 72 , -6.5
Gold South Wales : 54 , -1.8
Gold Sussex : 66 , 20.0
Gold Thames Valley : 41 , -18.0
Gold West Country : 94 , -4.1
Gold Wolverhampton : 47 , 6.8
Hallam FM : 388 , 4.0
Heart Cambridgeshire : 205 , -20.8
Heart Devon : 299 , -6.3
Heart East Anglia : 312 , -3.7
Heart East Midlands : 97 , 223.3
Heart Essex : 399 , -1.2
Heart Four Counties : 617 , 21.5
Heart Kent : 353 , -9.3
Heart London : 1939 , -8.0
Heart North West and Wales : 205 , -1.4
Heart Solent : 322 , 11.4
Heart Sussex : 367 , -6.9
Heart Thames Valley : 385 , 0.5
Heart West Country : 677 , 1.0
Heart West Midlands : 766 , -6.8
Heat : 716 , 14.4
IOW Radio : 39 , 5.4
Island FM 104.7 : 26 , -3.7
Jack FM South Coast (Was The Coast) : 165 , 38.7
Jazz FM : 564 , 13.9
KCFM 99.8 : 79 , 25.4
Kerrang! 105.2 : 295 , -22.6
Kestrel FM : 35 , 9.4
KESTREL FM – was Delta Radio : 17 , -5.6
Key 103 (Manchester) : 503 , 14.3
Kingdom FM : 78 , 2.6
Kismat Radio 1035 (Greater London) : 105 , -2.8
Kiss 100 FM : 1958 , 7.5
Kiss East : 467 , 17.9
Kiss West : 448 , -7.2
KL.FM 96.7 : 41 , -10.9
kmfm East : 98 , -7.5
kmfm West : 54 , -31.6
Lakeland Radio : 16 , 14.3
LBC 97.3 : 867 , -7.3
LBC News 1152 : 405 , -9.4
Lincs FM 102.2 : 309 , -9.6
Magic 105.4 : 1963 , -1.8
Magic 1152 (Manchester) : 112 , 16.7
Magic 1152 (Newcastle) : 169 , -1.2
Magic 1161 (Hull) : 66 , -28.3
Magic 1170 (Teesside) : 105 , 9.4
Magic 1548 (Liverpool) : 99 , 25.3
Magic 828 (Leeds) : 107 , -8.5
Magic 999 (Preston) : 42 , -4.5
Magic AM (Sheffield) : 82 , 2.5
Manx Radio : 39 , 5.4
Mercia : 144 , 3.6
Metro Radio : 385 , 5.2
Midwest Radio : n/a , n/a
Midwest Radio : 41 , n/a
Minster FM : 69 , -19.8
Mix 96 : 36 , -14.3
Moray Firth Radio (Bauer Inverness) : 127 , 6.7
Nation Radio : 100 , 1.0
NME Radio : n/a , n/a
North Norfolk Radio : 23 , 4.5
Northsound One : 127 , -3.1
Northsound Two : 42 , 0.0
Nova Radio – Weston (was Star Radio in North Somerset) : 20 , 5.3
Oak FM : 25 , -30.6
Original 106 (Aberdeen) : 50 , 11.1
Palm FM : 39 , 2.6
Peak 107 FM : 90 , -1.1
Pirate FM : 161 , 6.6
Planet Rock : 861 , 8.0
Premier Christian Radio : 153 , 13.3
Pulse 2 : 44 , -17.0
Q : 214 , -26.2
Q100.5 (Was Five FM) : 19 , -17.4
Q102.9FM/Q97.2FM/Q101.2FM : 81 , -5.8
Q106 (was Six FM) : 12 , -7.7
Q107 (was Seven FM) : 14 , -17.6
Radio Borders (Bauer Borders) : 57 , -6.6
Radio Ceredigion : 10 , n/a
Radio City 96.7 : 447 , -0.9
Radio Mansfield 103.2 : 38 , 2.7
Radio NORWICH 99.9 : 53 , 3.9
Radio Wave 96.5 FM : 73 , -8.8
Reading 107 FM : 23 , -11.5
Real Radio North East – (was Century Radio) : 309 , -11.0
Real Radio North West – (was Century Radio) : 461 , -2.3
Real Radio Scotland : 650 , -0.6
Real Radio Wales (North) : 56 , n/a
Real Radio Wales (South) : 412 , -10.6
Real Radio Yorkshire : 386 , 15.6
Ridings FM : 45 , 15.4
Rother FM : 39 , 14.7
Rugby FM : 24 , 20.0
Signal One : 292 , 7.4
Signal Two : 64 , -7.2
Smash Hits Radio : 991 , -9.4
Smooth Radio East Midlands : 320 , -1.2
Smooth Radio Glasgow : 290 , 11.1
Smooth Radio London : 626 , -2.6
Smooth Radio North East : 420 , 12.3
Smooth Radio North West : 848 , 2.8
Smooth Radio West Midlands : 387 , 10.9
Southend & Chelmsford Radio : 56 , 9.8
Spire FM : 44 , 0.0
Spirit FM : 42 , -26.3
Star NE – North (was Durham FM) : 24 , 26.3
Star NE – South (was Alpha 103.2) : 27 , 22.7
Star Radio in Cambridge : 23 , -28.1
Sun FM : 75 , 7.1
Sunrise Radio (Greater London) : 285 , -15.2
Sunrise Radio National : 457 , -2.6
Swansea Sound – 1170 MW : 62 , -8.8
talkSPORT : n/a , n/a
talkSPORT : 3233 , n/a
Tay-AM : 72 , 2.9
Tay-FM : 124 , -4.6
TFM Radio : 202 , 5.8
The Bay : 111 , 6.7
THE BEACH : 53 , -7.0
The Breeze (East) (formerly The Quay) : 20 , -35.5
The Breeze (South West) (was Star Radio (Bristol)) : 23 , -30.3
The Breeze (West) : 19 , 18.8
The Hits : 1081 , -5.3
The Pulse : 125 , -29.0
Time FM 106.6 : 16 , -23.8
Total Absolute Radio (London) : 797 , 10.1
Total Choice (UK) : 788 , 19.0
Touchradio Staffs : 28 , 0.0
Town 102 FM : 62 , 40.9
Trax FM : 94 , -1.1
U105 : 193 , 0.0
Wave 102 FM : 27 , -15.6
Wave 105 FM (Bauer South Coast) : 378 , -6.9
Wessex FM : 43 , 0.0
West Sound (Bauer Southwest Scotland) : 189 , 3.8
Wyvern FM : 105 , -7.1
XFM London : 409 , -32.3
XFM Manchester : 153 , 13.3
Yorkshire Coast Radio : 44 , 10.0
Yorkshire Radio : 96 , 29.7

From the Radio Today site:
DJ Tim Westwood is tweeting that he has been ‘sacked’ from his BBC Radio 1Xtra weekday show after it was announced he is being replaced.

He remains with the station at the weekend, with his regular Saturday night show and a new Sunday show.

He tweeted just before 6pm Thursday “I’ve been sacked from 1Xtra Mon-Fri 4-7pm from sept #westwoodyourfired” and started re-tweeting listeners who did not like the news. He then followed it up with “It’s official I’ve lost my afternoon voice due to schedule changes I will not be presentin 1Xtra Mon-Fri 4-7pm from Sept”

Charlie Sloth will takeover Drive, or as the station calls it, Early Evening. Charlie’s delighted to be taking over from Westwood: “I’m very excited about being given the opportunity to speak to the nation for five days a week and for the faith put in me by the Radio 1Xtra team.”

Tim’s official press release quote is “It’s been a lot of fun and a great experience.”

Newcomer Yasmin Evans have been appointed to host weekend breakfast following her development through 1Xtra’s pilot scheme, which is part of the station’s commitment to developing young new talent.

Talking about joining the station Yasmin said: “I’m incredibly excited and very thankful for all the effort that everyone has put in, which has allowed me to get this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get started!”

From September the new schedule will be:

Daytime (Monday – Friday)

6am-10am: Radio 1Xtra Breakfast show with Twin B

10am-1pm: Trevor Nelson

1pm-4pm: Sarah Jane Crawford

4-7pm: Charlie Sloth

Evenings

Monday

7pm-10pm: MistaJam

10pm-2am RnB with CJ Beatz

2am-4am: Charlie Sloth (Radio 1 simulcast)

4am-6am: Charlie Sloth (repeat of last week’s edition)

Tuesday

7pm-10pm: MistaJam

10pm-2am: UK Garage with Cameo

2am-4am: Nihal (Radio 1 simulcast)

4am-6am: Nihal (repeat of last week’s edition)

Wednesday

7pm-10pm: MistaJam

10pm-2am: Drum and Bass with Crissy Criss

2am-4am: Benji B (Radio 1 simulcast)

4am-6am: Benji B (repeat of last week’s edition)

Thursday

7pm-10pm: MistaJam

10pm-2am: Dancehall with Robbo

2am-4am: Toddla T (Radio 1 simulcast)

4am-6am: Toddla T (repeat of last week’s edition)

Friday

7pm-10pm: DJ Target

10pm-2am: Hip Hop with Semtex

2am-4am: Friction (repeat)

4am-7am: 1Xtra Stories and Seani B (repeat)

Weekends

Daytime

7am-10am: Yasmin

10am-1pm: Nick Bright

1pm-4pm: Adele Roberts

4-7pm: DJ Target

Evenings

Saturday

7pm-9pm: Trevor Nelson (Radio 1 simulcast)

9pm-11pm: Westwood (Radio 1 simulcast)

11pm-1am: MistaJam (Radio 1 simulcast)

3am-5am: Friction (Radio 1 simulcast)

5am-7am: Seani B (Radio 1 simulcast)

Sunday

7pm-9pm: Westwood

9pm-10pm: 1Xtra’s Stories

10pm-2am: Edu

2am-4am: B.Traits (Radio 1 simulcast)

4am-6am: B.Traits (repeat of last week’s edition)

Controller Ben Cooper said: “As 1Xtra nears its 10th birthday it’s great to be welcoming a new generation of presenters to the station who will take on the baton of championing the best in urban music for a young audience.

“Tim has proved to be one of the most influential figures in UK hip-hop and I’m delighted that he will continue to bring his wealth of knowledge and unique style to Radio 1 and 1Xtra across the weekends.”

 

Gold to be Free Radio 80s in West Mids
May 24, 2012 | By Stuart Clarkson | 2 Comments

Orion Media has announced it will be launching an 80s station on DAB and four medium wave frequencies later this year under the Free Radio brand.

Free Radio 80s will take over from Gold, which Orion runs as a franchise from Global Radio and currently takes network programmes from Leicester Square with opt outs for sports commentary.
Orion says the station will be locally produced and presented and offer 80s hits along with local news, travel and information aimed at the 35+ audience. Football show ‘The Goalzone’ will feature live commentaries fronted by local sports broadcasting legend Tom Ross. It means the Gold weekday line-up of Paul Coyte, Tony Dibbin, Eamonn Kelly, David Andrews and Dean Martin will no longer broadcast to the West Midlands.

The Gold stations becoming Free Radio 80s in the autumn are the former AM sister stations of BRMB, Mercia and Beacon – which have had names in the past such as Xtra AM, WABC, Capital Gold and Classic Gold. Before the FM/AM split in the late 80s, the frequencies were used by the three heritage stations BRMB, Mercia and Beacon Wolverhampton.

Free Radio 80s will broadcast on DAB across the West Midlands as well as on 990/1017 AM (Wolverhampton and Shropshire), 1152 AM (Birmingham and North Worcestershire) and 1359 AM (Warwickshire).

Orion CEO Phil Riley said “We currently have 120,000 listeners across our AM/DAB network in the West Midlands. Our goal is to grow this audience by developing a music radio station that naturally sits closer to our FM brand.”

BBC double for radio at Freesat Awards
May 24, 2012 | By Radio Today staff | Leave a comment

BBC Radio 1 Xtra has been named Best Digital Radio Channel the 2012 Freesat Awards.

Radio 5 live, meanwhile, picked up the prize for Best News Channel – beating a handful of television channels to the award.
Other nominees up against 5 live were Al Jazeera English, the BBC News Channel and CNN. The judges said: “BBC Radio 5 Live was the clear winner in this category – a channel which we all felt was ‘agile, quick and intelligent’, and with some of the best presenters around.”

1Xtra fought off competition from BBC Radio 6 Music and Planet Rock for their award. The judges said: “1Xtra breaks talent that no-one else will. Without them we wouldn’t have Plan B or N’Dubz.”

Last year’s Best Digital Radio Channel winner was Absolute Radio, while in 2010 the winner was Absolute 80s. 5 live was also ‘highly commended’ at last year’s awards in the News Event Coverage of the Year category for its coverage of the General Election.
Amazing Radio explains DAB disappearance
May 18, 2012 | By Roy Martin | 4 Comments

Amazing Radio has ceased broadcasting on the national Digital One multiplex this week, and has written an open letter to the radio industry to explain why.

It states transmissions ceased because they were unable to secure acceptable terms for a contract extension.

See the letter in full below:

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE RADIO AND INDIE MUSIC INDUSTRIES

Amazing Radio ceased broadcasting nationally on Digital 1 at midnight on Monday. This letter explains what happened, and why we think it is important for all of us who love radio and care about music.

Let’s be honest. Some of you will have said ‘Amazing Who?’ Others will go ‘serves them right, their model was crazy’. Others will be sad to see something new disappear from the airwaves, but assume it was never viable as a concept.

The truth is more complicated. Amazing Radio did not go off the air because our model failed. We have been growing very rapidly for two years and broke even in January. We have very supportive shareholders who understand that we have a long term, very audacious plan to reinvent the music industry. We are about to raise $30m in Silicon Valley to expand internationally and in the UK. Transmissions ceased because we were unable to secure acceptable terms for an extension of our contract.

We could not close a US funding round with uncertainty about our UK broadcasting licence. We remain grateful to Digital 1 for taking a risk with us when we launched in 2009, and we hope to resolve the dispute and get back on the air.

Certainly the astonishing reaction from listeners and musicians, erupting spontaneously within an hour of our announcement, confirms that people want us back on DAB.

Why should you care about this? Several reasons: –

The music industry is broken. The old model doesn’t work any more. Major labels have withdrawn from A&R. The industry needs help finding the new talent. That’s what we do.

Musicians need an outlet. The UK has an incredible live music scene, and technology allows bands to record to a higher standard and lower cost than at any time. But there’s no point having an MP3 nobody hears. We have given thousands of bands their first radio play and first revenues.

DAB has to work. It’s important for the whole radio ecosystem and the Government needs the cash from analogue switch-off. The incredible reaction to our departure shows people want to use DAB to find new things. (Not just simulcasts of FM).

It’s good for GDP. Creative industries are the fastest-growing part of the UK economy. The industry needs to work together to find the next Adele, the next Radiohead. We are (now) an important player at the start of that process. And our expansion will create even more jobs.

It’s good for young people. Music provides a creative outlet and focus for anyone. It’s democratic and (because of digital technology) accessible – if there’s a route map for talent to develop.

It’s good for radio. We don’t compete for your audiences – we only ever expect to be a niche, and we’ll never take advertising. But we will find the music you’ll be playing next year.

We hope you see merit in these arguments and will wish us well, as we continue to expand.

When we get back on the air, we hope you’ll find some new music you love. (Thousands have).

Paul Campbell
CEO & Founder
Radio 2’s Ken Bruce gets best ever audience

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Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce has pulled in the biggest audience of his career, according to new figures from Rajar.

The data shows the 61-year-old reaching a record high of 7.72 million in the first three months of 2012 – up almost 400,000 on the same period of 2011.

“Obviously I’m a late developer,” joked the broadcaster, who joined Radio 2 30 years ago, adding he was “delighted”.

Overall, though, fewer people are listening to BBC radio stations than at this time last year.

The total number of people tuning into the corporation’s network radio output in the first three months of 2012 was down 2.2% on the same period in 2011.
Chris Evans’ Radio 2 breakfast show now commands a weekly audience of 9.2 million
The most pronounced decline was felt by BBC Radio 3, whose listening figures have dropped 15.8% over the last 12 months.

The fall follows several years of BBC stations improving their audience share at their commercial rivals’ expense.

Radio 1 has seen its listenership fall by 5.8%, while Radio 4 recorded a 4.8% drop-off in its overall audience compared with this time a year ago.

Radio 2 – whose breakfast show, hosted by Chris Evans, remains the nation’s favourite morning listen – saw its overall audience rise, though only by 0.2%.

Bruce was not the only DJ at the station to record record figures, however.

Reason to celebrate
After 22 years on the air, Brian Matthew’s show Sounds Of The 60s achieved its best-ever audience, too – with 3.7 million people tuning in on Saturday mornings.

There was more heartening news for the BBC’s local stations, which saw their weekly reach increase by 263,000 listeners on the previous quarter.

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It’s been a good week for the BBC’s local radio stations. On Monday night, two pensioners from Radio Humberside, Betty Smith and Beryl Renwick, won a gold at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Yesterday, the BBC Trust confirmed that planned cuts in local radio in England were being halved, after protests from listeners.

Now the latest audience figures show that a quarter of a million more people are tuning to those local stations – and listening for over 10 hours a week, an hour longer than a year ago.

Radio 4’s audience went down, to 10.3 million, after a period of steady increases, and listening to Radio 3 also fell.

But Radio 2’s audience was up, with two of its best-established presenters, Ken Bruce and Brian Matthew, attracting more listeners than ever before.

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People are also listening to the BBC’s regional output longer. The average hours listened per listener per week is now 10 and a half, compared to nine hours and 12 minutes one year ago.

And digital station 6 Music posted record listening figures, just two days after it was named UK Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Rajar figures showed it reached 1.45 million people every week, up from 1.3m last year and 1.44m last quarter.

6 Music was saved from closure in 2010 after a campaign by its listeners.

Audience numbers for commercial radio stations remain relatively stable, with only a 0.3% drop-off on this time last year.

But the Absolute Radio network has particular reason to celebrate, having increased its reach by more than half a million listeners over the last 12 months.

Rajar’s figures show that internet radio listening is now at an all-time high, with 42 million hours being consumed each week online.

The share of all radio listening via a digital platform now stands at 29.2%, compared with 26.5% for the corresponding period last year.

Beryl, Betty and the triumph of BBC local radio, review
Gillian Reynolds reviews the week in radio including Beryl and Betty (BBC Radio Humberside), Like Father Like Daughter (Radio 4) and The Food Programe (Radio 4).

Betty Smith (90), left, and Beryl Renwick (86), of BBC Radio Humberside. Photo: Lorne Campbell
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Betty has a gravelly voice and wicked laugh. Beryl is more ladylike. With David Reeves, the producer who discovered them and co-presents their Saturday lunchtime Radio Humberside show, Beryl and Betty won this year’s Sony Gold Award for Best Entertainment Programme. There are several things to remark about this prize. Beryl and Betty will go into the record books, their joint age being an unfashionable 176. More significantly, having won against Adam and Joe on 6 Music and Frank Skinner on Absolute, they represent a positive triumph for BBC local radio.
BBC local radio, you may recall, would have had large lumps cut out of it under proposals made last year by the BBC Executive Board. Listeners reacted so strongly against this plan that the BBC Trust felt obliged to take notice. Indeed, Trust chairman Chris Patten told Radio 4’s Media Show that it is no sin to listen to what the public says. Last Thursday the Trust duly published their verdict, concluding that the scale and impact of the proposed cuts to BBC local radio had been “disproportionate to the value of these services to their audience.” Savings would still have to be made but they would not be to the detriment of what stations offer. As if in confirmation of this judgement, the latest Rajar figures (also published last Thursday) show BBC local radio listening has grown and its nine per cent share of the national audience is solid.
Last Monday night nobody, apart from the Radio Humberside audience and the Sony judging panel, had heard of Beryl and Betty. On Tuesday, newspapers and airwaves alike were full of them. It made their show last Saturday bubble over with merriment. What a good time they’d had, they said, with Chris Evans at the Sonys, on a river cruise, at the House of Commons, at Broadcasting House. If you want to hear them and their version of Don’t Stop Me Now plus a Marc Bolan singalong tribute to Michael Bublé, not to mention Betty claiming she doesn’t wear knickers and Beryl describing the complete outfit she wore on her wedding day in 1960 and still keeps intact, brocade dress to Morley stockings (washed, of course), you can catch it until the end of the week on the iPlayer. It’s an hour spent in good company. As one listener wrote “They make you feel happy as soon as they speak.” Why is that? Because, in this age of manufactured soundbites, media training and presenter jargon, they sound like real people. Congratulations to David Reeves for bringing this show together and to Radio Humberside for taking a chance on it. Congratulations to the Sony judging panel for recognising originality.
Congratulations, most of all, to BBC audiences for showing listener power. Two years ago that is what saved 6 Music (this year’s Sony station of the year). Over the past 12 months it has been listener power that has stayed the guillotine poised over local radio. There will still be cuts, but they won’t be as severe. The biggest loser from the Trust’s decisions will be Radio 4 Extra, with about a third of its budget cut. How odd that seems as it’s the biggest digital success the BBC can claim. Radio 3 listeners are going to lose a lot of live music. Everyone is going to notice more repeats.
Actually, I don’t mind repeats. What I dislike more is the new Radio 4 habit of extending programmes (The World at One, Saturday Live) without adding much listening value. It’s like putting more spuds in the stew to make it go further. Is it me or has Radio 4 got duller

Beryl, Betty and the triumph of BBC local radio, review
Gillian Reynolds reviews the week in radio including Beryl and Betty (BBC Radio Humberside), Like Father Like Daughter (Radio 4) and The Food Programe (Radio 4).

Betty Smith (90), left, and Beryl Renwick (86), of BBC Radio Humberside. Photo: Lorne Campbell
By Gillian Reynolds7:30AM BST 22 May 20123 Comments
Betty has a gravelly voice and wicked laugh. Beryl is more ladylike. With David Reeves, the producer who discovered them and co-presents their Saturday lunchtime Radio Humberside show, Beryl and Betty won this year’s Sony Gold Award for Best Entertainment Programme. There are several things to remark about this prize. Beryl and Betty will go into the record books, their joint age being an unfashionable 176. More significantly, having won against Adam and Joe on 6 Music and Frank Skinner on Absolute, they represent a positive triumph for BBC local radio.
BBC local radio, you may recall, would have had large lumps cut out of it under proposals made last year by the BBC Executive Board. Listeners reacted so strongly against this plan that the BBC Trust felt obliged to take notice. Indeed, Trust chairman Chris Patten told Radio 4’s Media Show that it is no sin to listen to what the public says. Last Thursday the Trust duly published their verdict, concluding that the scale and impact of the proposed cuts to BBC local radio had been “disproportionate to the value of these services to their audience.” Savings would still have to be made but they would not be to the detriment of what stations offer. As if in confirmation of this judgement, the latest Rajar figures (also published last Thursday) show BBC local radio listening has grown and its nine per cent share of the national audience is solid.
Last Monday night nobody, apart from the Radio Humberside audience and the Sony judging panel, had heard of Beryl and Betty. On Tuesday, newspapers and airwaves alike were full of them. It made their show last Saturday bubble over with merriment. What a good time they’d had, they said, with Chris Evans at the Sonys, on a river cruise, at the House of Commons, at Broadcasting House. If you want to hear them and their version of Don’t Stop Me Now plus a Marc Bolan singalong tribute to Michael Bublé, not to mention Betty claiming she doesn’t wear knickers and Beryl describing the complete outfit she wore on her wedding day in 1960 and still keeps intact, brocade dress to Morley stockings (washed, of course), you can catch it until the end of the week on the iPlayer. It’s an hour spent in good company. As one listener wrote “They make you feel happy as soon as they speak.” Why is that? Because, in this age of manufactured soundbites, media training and presenter jargon, they sound like real people. Congratulations to David Reeves for bringing this show together and to Radio Humberside for taking a chance on it. Congratulations to the Sony judging panel for recognising originality.
Congratulations, most of all, to BBC audiences for showing listener power. Two years ago that is what saved 6 Music (this year’s Sony station of the year). Over the past 12 months it has been listener power that has stayed the guillotine poised over local radio. There will still be cuts, but they won’t be as severe. The biggest loser from the Trust’s decisions will be Radio 4 Extra, with about a third of its budget cut. How odd that seems as it’s the biggest digital success the BBC can claim. Radio 3 listeners are going to lose a lot of live music. Everyone is going to notice more repeats.
Actually, I don’t mind repeats. What I dislike more is the new Radio 4 habit of extending programmes (The World at One, Saturday Live) without adding much listening value. It’s like putting more spuds in the stew to make it go further. Is it me or has Radio 4 got duller

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