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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 March, 2005, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
BBC's online radio streams ahead
Chris Moyles in BBC Radio 1 studio
Chris Moyles' Radio 1 breakfast show is popular with online listeners
The number of people listening to BBC radio shows on the internet has grown by a quarter in the past month.

Online demands to hear radio programmes passed nine million in February - up more than 25% on the previous month.

The show which is most requested is Radio 4's long-running soap opera The Archers, with Chris Moyles' Radio 1 breakfast show in second spot.

Online listening to digital-only networks, such as 6 Music, has soared by 83% in the last year.

On-demand

BBC TOP 10 ONLINE SHOWS
1 The Archers (Radio 4)
2 Chris Moyles (Radio 1)
3 Essential Mix (Radio 1)
4 The Essential Selection
(Radio 1)
5 Dance Anthems (Radio 1)
6 Official Chart Show (Radio 1)
7 Just A Minute (Radio 4)
8 The News Quiz (Radio 4)
9 Zane Lowe (Radio 1)
10 Jonathan Ross (Radio 2)

On-demand listening - when a web user chooses to listen to a show after it has been aired - rose to 4.4 million hours.

Live listening hours on the internet increased from five million in January to 6.8 million last month.

Radio 1 and Radio 4 enjoyed the highest number of online listener requests for its programmes in February.

Digital music station 1Xtra also enjoyed a record number of hits, mainly due to its coverage of the Trinidad carnival.

The BBC's online radio player service was relaunched at the end of January.


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