Rajars: Radio 4 down, FiveLive up

BBC Radio 4's national audience has slipped by around 120,000 listeners in the last three months, but the station remains the most listened-to in London.

Figures released this morning by Rajar show the speech station's weekly audience is more or less stable year on year, at just over 9.3 million, but down 1.3 per cent on the last quarter.

The station has lost around 90,000 listeners in London – a slip of 3.6 per cent – but is still more than 400,000 ahead of the second biggest station, Radio 2. More than 2.4 million Londoners listen to Radio 4 in a typical week.

Nationally, the Today programme remains the third most popular breakfast show, with 6.13 million listeners, behind Radios 2 and 1.

Meanwhile, BBC Radio FiveLive has put on an extra 120,000 listeners across the UK in the last 12 months. The news and sport station is now heard by 5.8 million adults – up 2.2 per cent year on year.

FiveLive's breakfast show has gained more than 200,000 listeners since this time last year, from 2.12 million to 2.33 million.

The station was also up by almost 7 per cent in the busy London radio market, commanding a weekly audience of 1.3 million in the capital and overtaking Radio 1.

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