MEDIA: Radio recovers to outstrip TV in latest research

Total radio listening reached a record high in the three months to

June according to the latest wave of Rajar research which shows the

industry bouncing back from disappointing figures earlier this year.



The figures show that 92 per cent of the population listen to radio for

more than 24 hours a week, with average listening hours per day slightly

more than TV at 3.48.



Both the BBC and commercial radio saw increases during the period. For

the first time, commercial radio achieved more than 500 million total

listening hours per week - continuing an upward trend that has seen

commercial hours listened increase 11.5 per cent since the start of

1999.



Commercial radio scored a slight increase in share against the BBC - up

0.6 of one point, quarter-on-quarter, to 46.6 per cent while the BBC

dropped 0.8 of one percentage point to 51.3 per cent.



Among the top-performing stations were London's Capital FM and Wireless

Group's national sportsstation, Talksport.



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