Today programme loses 65000 listeners as audience tunes out

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Digital platforms now account for the majority of all radio listening for the first time.

Digital radio listening, consisting of DAB, DTV and online (including mobile), has reached a new record share of 50.9%, up from 47.2% a year ago, to account for the majority of all listening for the first time, according to RAJAR Q1 2018 data released today. This now makes up nearly a fifth of all digital listening, and nearly 10% of all radio listening including on traditional FM and AM radios. "We look forward to continuing to work with broadcasters, the supply chain and Government on delivering radio's digital future and the upcoming digital radio review".

The greatest amount of digital listening takes place on DAB radios - two-thirds of United Kingdom adults have access to one at home, and they are in 11m cars - which now accounts for 36.8% of all listening and 72% of digital listening.

Older listeners with analogue wireless sets have yet to upgrade to digital
Older listeners with analogue wireless sets have yet to upgrade to digital

Nine out of ten of British adults said they tune in to the radio at least once a week, with the average listener consuming 20.8 hours of programming per week.

The quarter-on-quarter drop of 11 per cent is the second largest dip since Grimshaw took over the breakfast show - the largest was between October and December 2012 and January and March 2013, when the audience fell by 14 per cent. Radio X drew in 262,000 new listeners - "a whopping increase of 19.9%", says Music Week. Privately run stations like Heart and Magic pulled in around 36m listeners per week, compared to just over 35m for the BBC.

It was also a good quarter for commercial radio, which increased the lead over the BBC first established in 2016.