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A clear shift towards commercial radio

You can find recent RAJAR stats here. But here are some highlights from the end of last year:

  • TalkRadio, owned by News UK subsidiary Wireless, boosted its audience by 12% year-on-year.

  • Times Radio meanwhile grew its year-on-year audience by 12% and its quarter-on-quarter audience by 4% to reach 563,000 people in Q4 of 2022.

  • BBC Local Radio saw a significant drop in listener numbers – 14%.

  • LBC had a slight drop in listeners – but retains its position as Britain's most prominent commercial news talk station, with over 3.1 million weekly listeners. Nick Ferrari now reaches over 1.3 million weekly listeners across the UK.

  • Despite a minimal drop, LBC News is still doing very well – with 872K weekly listeners.

  • Radio 2 slightly dropped in listeners but still has far more weekly listeners than any other station – over 14m!

  • Among breakfast shows, which present listening data for the quarter ending 18 December 2022, Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs show, Today, reached 6.2 million people – a dip of 4% compared to the 6.5 million people a year earlier.

The longstanding shifts of people moving towards commercial radio and away from the BBC seem reasonably consistent.

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