BBC 6 Music posts record listening figures

BBC logo at Broadcasting House 2010
Digital radio station BBC 6 Music, which came close to being axed in 2010, has seen audience figures rise by 27%.

The alternative digital music station now reaches 1.44 million people each week according to the latest radio audience figures published by RAJAR which is up 27% from last year.

BBC Director General Mark Thompson proposed that 6 Music along with BBC Asian Network radio station be axed in 2010 following a review into costs. A public campaign on social networking sites prompted the BBC to reverse the decision.

In the radio breakfast area, Chris Evans’s Radio 2 remains at the top with 8.8 million listeners across the week. His main rival on Radio 1, Chris Moyles, was at 7.2 million listeners. Radio 4’s Today programme seen a significant growth from 6.7 to 7.1 million listeners.

In the commercial radio sector, Capital FM regained the top spot in London over Magic FM. The ‘hit music station’ had 2.25 million listeners in the final quarter of 2011 with Magic, averaging 2.17 million.