Evans show boosts Radio 2 ratings

Digital radio

More people are tuning into the radio than at any time since the current system of measuring listener numbers began, official figures have shown.

And Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 breakfast show has attracted 9.5m listeners a week, according to the figures from industry body Rajar.

That is up more than a million since he took over from Sir Terry Wogan.

BBC 6 Music has boosted its audience by 50% to more than 1m listeners a week after coming under threat of closure.

The BBC’s media correspondent Torin Douglas says radio is booming, with BBC and commercial radio gaining listeners.

Digital growth

Figures for the Chris Evans show, which is on air for half an hour longer each day than Sir Terry’s programme , are the highest audience for any radio show since 1999 when the current system began.

That helped BBC Radio 2 to a record 14.5 million listeners a week.

BBC Radio 4’s audience rose to more than 10 million, with farming soap The Archers having a record 4.9 million listeners a week and the Today programme 6.4 million.

Our correspondent says publicity surrounding BBC 6 Music, which is due to close if plans are approved by the BBC Trust, helped it increase its listenership.

Digital radio also grew, with almost a quarter of all listeners using digital receivers.

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