BBC 1Xtra and Radio 4 Extra set new records for digital radio stations | Radio News

If video killed the radio star, neither 1Xtra nor Radio 4 Extra got the memo.

The BBC digital stations have recorded their highest-ever listening figures in the latest Rajar report, with new data revealing digital radio now accounts for nearly a third of all listening.

According to the BBC, Radio 4 Extra retains its position as the number one digital station with 1.6 million listeners, while 1Xtra draws a listenership of 1.13 million.

Digital radio is now said to reach over 24 million weekly listeners.

Radio 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show ranks as the most popular early morning programme, with an audience 8.95 million listeners a week, up from last year’s 8.67 million.

Listeners, however, were down from last quarter’s near record of 9.23 million.

Figure’s for Chris Moyles’ breakfast show also fell, dropping from 7.10 million last quarter to 6.93 million. Moyles, the author, radio and TV presenter, announced last month that he was stepping down after eight-plus years on the popular, marquee show and being replaced by Nick Grimshaw.

Conversely, Radio 4’s breakfast news show the Today programme, increased on last quarter to 6.76 million listeners, despite falling behind the record it set this time last year of 7.18m.

10.52 million listeners tuned into Radio 4 every week, registering another increase (though falling short on last year’s record).

“These figures represent a strong performance across our portfolio and an industry in robust health,” said Tim Davie, BBC’s Director of Audio & Music. “Last year we laid out a clear strategy for our digital stations, so it is great to see our digital-only networks breaking records and all four attracting more than a million listeners every week.”

Reports indicate figures for BBC Local Radio in England “show a reduction at 6.8 million, down by 408,000 compared to last year’s 7.2 million.”

David Holdsworth, the BBC’s Controller of English Regions, called the figures “disappointing,” stressing they came after several quarters of “significant growth.”

Capital FM has also been ranked as London’s biggest commercial radio station, with a weekly listenership of 2.1 million.

The station’s breakfast show retained its placing as the capital’s favourite commercial breakfast show; its audience of 1.16 million increased by 13,000 on the same period last year.

Check here for more on the findings and the Rajar report. .

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