National Q1 2013 RAJAR round-up

The RAJAR audience data for the first quarter of 2013 was released today (16 May). BBC Radio 2 reaches 15.27 million and its breakfast host Chris Evans now has 9.8 million listeners, an increase of 600,000 year-on-year.

BBC Radio 1 has lost a million listeners in the last quarter, with 900,000 less tuning in to The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. The station as a whole drops to 10.2 million listeners, while Grimshaw's audience is now at 5.7 million weekly.

Radio 1 says: “The new Radio 1 schedule, aimed at a younger audience, is still bedding in. While the audience is smaller, it is more focused on a younger demographic with the highest proportion of listeners aged 15-24 in any quarter since Q3 2010 (29.2%).”

BBC Radio 4 now has a higher weekly reach of 10.76 million, with the station's Today Programme being heard by 6.94 million a week.

BBC Radio 5 Live, which won UK Station of the Year at Monday's Sony Radio Academy Awards, achieved 6.29 million listeners.

Representing commercial radio, Classic FM has increased its reach to 5.58 million. Absolute Radio loses almost 5% of listeners from the previous quarter, down to 1.7 million listeners a week. talkSPORT is also down, recording 2.91 million.

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