Rajars: LBC puts on 90,000 listeners

London's commercial speech radio station, LBC, has clawed back the listeners it looked to have lost over the summer, picking up more than 90,000 extra listeners year on year.

The station, which broadcasts news and speech on FM in London is now listened to by 624,000 people – an increase of more than 16 per cent since this time last year.

LBC's listening figures had suffered in the last two quarters, but are now back above the 600,000 mark for the first time in nine months.

Meanwhile, LBC's rolling news sister station, LBC News 1152, looks to be keeping its listening figures stable.

Figures released today from Rajar show the station has a weekly audience of 254,000, up 7 per cent on last year but slightly down on the previous quarter.

Chrysalis, which owns the two stations, has bid for the new Manchester FM licence with a rolling news and talk format similar to LBC. An announcement from Ofcom on whether it has won is expected next Thursday.

The bid was overseen by LBC managing director, David Lloyd (pictured).

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