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Record ratings for Chris Evans as radio listening soars

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Chris Evans took over the Breakfast Show in January

Chris Evans has added more than one million listeners to the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show since he replaced Sir Terry Wogan, official figures show.

His daily show now attracts a record 9.5m listeners a week, according to the figures from industry body Rajar.

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

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

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.

Commercial station Magic has overtaken Heart and Capital FM to regain its title as most listened to station in London, reaching two million listeners a week.

But Johnny Vaughan and Lisa Snowdon remain the most popular commercial breakfast show in the capital, with an audience of 1.16 million.

The pair have just won a Sony award for best entertainment show.

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



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