BBC Radio 1 loses a million listeners as Radio 4 hits new high

Nick Grimshaw

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Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 breakfast uncover has 5.4 million listeners a week

BBC Radio 1’s assembly has forsaken to a lowest spin for some-more than a decade after a hire mislaid a million listeners over a past year.

About 9.5 million adults a week tuned in between Apr and Jun compared with 10.4 million during a same duration in 2015, assembly trackers Rajar said.

Radio 1 pronounced a total were “only partial of a picture” and that a station’s digital platforms had grown.

Meanwhile, Radio 4 and 6 Music both enjoyed record ratings.

‘Brexit boost’

According to Rajar, 6 Music had 2.27 million listeners per week from Apr to June, usually forward of Radio 3, that enjoyed a five-year high with 2.2 million.

Radio 4 captivated some-more than 11.5 million adults – adult from 10.6 million a week over a same duration final year.

The station’s Today programme also boasted what it described as a “Brexit boost”, holding it to a record 7.4 million people per week.

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Radio 4’s Today programme has 7.4 million listeners

“Rather than simply wanting a perceptive repair on a headlines as they arise up, a perceptive listeners spin to Today to hear some of a best broadcasting and interviewing in a world, giving them a deeper bargain of a stories of a day,” Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams said.

Other debate stations also prospered:

  • BBC 5 live’s assembly rose by 10% in a year to 5.9 million
  • Talksport was adult 8% to 3.3 million
  • LBC rose by 17% to 1.7 million

Among a song stations to perform good between Apr and Jun were Capital, Smooth and Classic FM.

Radio 1, however, has forsaken to a lowest spin given 2003. That rut stirred bosses to reinstate Sara Cox with Chris Moyles as breakfast host.

Current Radio 1 breakfast horde Nick Grimshaw has 5.4 million listeners per week, unvaried from a initial 3 months of a year.

Changing girl habits

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said: “Rajars are usually partial of a design for Radio 1, and a listeners should be seen alongside increases on a YouTube channel as it goes past one billion views and a flourishing amicable media platforms with over 8.5 million users.

“To concentration only on Rajars is identical to looking during how many newspapers have been sole but looking during their online participation or inhabitant influence.”

According to a apart annual consult of media habits published by promote regulator Ofcom on Wednesday, 16 to 24-year-olds spent 29% of their audio listening time tuning in to live radio in 2015, compared with 71% for all adults.

The normal time spent listening to a radio each week by 15-24s has depressed by 5 hours in a past decade, from 20 hours in 2005 to fewer than 15 hours final year.

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