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
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.