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Listeners keep tuning to Radio 2
Terry Wogan
Wogan continues to attract listeners to Radio 2
BBC Radio 2 continues to pull in new listeners, with Terry Wogan extending his lead as the UK's most popular DJ.

The audience for Wogan's breakfast show has risen 40,000 to 8.09 million for the first quarter of 2005, according to Radio Joint Audience Research figures.

The station is the most popular in the country, with a listenership of 13.3 million and a 16.5% audience share.

BBC Radio 1's breakfast show host Chris Moyles has added 240,000 listeners, to take his audience to 6.17 million.

Radio 1's overall audience is up slightly to 9.96 million. The BBC network increased its total share by 0.2% to 54.2%.

Daytime rises

Other Radio 2 successes include Steve Wright, who has added 400,000 listeners in the last three months, to reach a new audience of 6.8 million.

The station's other day time DJs added listeners. Johnnie Walker is up to 5.21 million for his drive time show, mid-morning host Ken Bruce, now has an audience of 6.63 million while Jeremy Vine, who took over from Sir Jimmy Young, has 5.82 million listeners.

The BBC's digital stations have added listeners.

Comedy and drama station BBC7 shot up from 391,000 listeners to 556,000, while alternative music station 6Music rose from 238,000 to 311,000 and urban station 1Xtra was up 60,000 to 350,000.

Jenny Abramsky, director of BBC Radio and Music, said she was particularly pleased by the digital stations' performance during a "strong quarter" for the network.

"In a lively digital market place growing numbers of listeners are discovering and enjoying our unique offering of music and speech," she said.

London battle

Nationally, the number of people tuning in to their radios in the first three months of 2005 was 44.04 million - up 0.5% on October-December 2004 and up 0.3% on the first three months of 2004.

In London, Capital DJ Johnny Vaughan, who replaced popular veteran breakfast host Chris Tarrant last year, has added nearly 200,000 listeners in the last six months and now has 1.24 million.

Overall in the capital, Heart FM has overtaken Capital Radio and Magic FM as the city's most popular commercial station.

Heart's share of listening in the three months was 7.0%, compared with 5.3% in the previous quarter, while previous leader Capital slipped slightly to 6.1%.

Phil Riley, chief executive of Chrysalis Radio which owns Heart, said the rise was down to "the daytime presenter line-up, music mix and the brand refresh which took place in the autumn".



SEE ALSO:
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Vaughan takes over Capital show
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