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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 January, 2005, 12:01 GMT
Wogan show draws record numbers
Terry Wogan
Wogan now attracts more than eight million listeners
Terry Wogan's BBC Radio 2 breakfast show has attracted a record audience of more than eight million listeners in the past three months.

It confirms his reputation as the most popular broadcaster in the UK.

Wake up to Wogan added 410,000 listeners in the last three months of 2004, figures from Radio Joint Audience Research (Rajar) reveal.

The latest Rajar results also showed Radio 2 had raised its overall audience to more than 13.3 million.

The BBC now attracts 54% of the radio audience in the UK, down 0.4%, the Rajar figures said.

BBC Radio 1 breakfast show host Chris Moyles continued to attract more listeners, adding 150,000 people to take his audience to more than 6.7 million.

His show has attracted more than 770,000 new listeners in the last 12 months.

NATIONAL RADIO STATION AUDIENCES
BBC Radio 1 - 9.93m listeners (8.2% audience share)
BBC Radio 2 - 13.3 million (16.4%)
BBC Radio 3 - 2.1 million (1.3%)
BBC Radio 4 - 9.4 million (11.5%)
BBC Radio Five Live - 5.98 million (4.3%)
Virgin Radio (including FM in London) - 2.46 million (1.4%)
Classic FM - 6.2 million (4.4%)
TalkSport - 1.99 million (1.3%)
Source: Rajar

BBC Radio 1 as a whole dropped below the 10 million mark, attracting 9.93 million listeners, a drop of 110,000 on the quarter, but up more than 5% year-on-year.

Several of the BBC's digital stations continued to attract new listeners. BBC 6 Music added 10,000 listeners to take its audience to 238,000 - a rise of 53.5% over the last 12 months.

The BBC Asian Network also saw its audience break the half million mark, up 62,000 to 535,000.

"Today's strong figures mark the end of an excellent year for BBC Radio. I am particularly pleased to see the Asian Network top the half million mark and Terry Wogan's figures are simply awesome," said Jenny Abramsky, Director of BBC Radio & Music.

The biggest national commercial station was Classic FM, which attracted 6.20 million listeners, a slight increase on the previous quarter.

London's radio market, the most competitive in the country, saw Capital FM keep hold of the number one position, with an audience of 2.04 million, compared to Heart 106.2's 1.62m. Capital's audience had dropped by nearly 130,000.





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