Belfast Telegraph

Evans loses breakfast listeners

Chris Evans has lost more than one million listeners in just three months.

The BBC Radio 2 DJ attracted 8.48 million listeners to his breakfast show last quarter, down from the previous period's record total of 9.53 million, the latest official data reveals.

But his audience is still bigger than his predecessor Sir Terry Wogan's 8.1 million when he bowed out, and Chris, 44, remains the king of breakfast radio.

He was able to see off the challenge of his Radio 1 counterpart Chris Moyles, who had 7.72 million weekly listeners - down on the previous quarter's record figures of 7.88 million.

BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme also notched 6.98 million weekly listeners, its biggest ever audience and an increase from 6.44 million in the first three months of 2010.

According to industry body Rajar's data, the number of people listening to radio in the UK each week has reached an "all-time high" of 46.8 million, with the general election campaign and World Cup helping to boost numbers.

The effects of the World Cup and Wimbledon as well as the election were reflected in the 6.76 million who tuned into Radio 5 Live. That is up from 6.48 million in the first three months of the year and is a new record for the station.

Radio 2 attracted 13.73 million weekly listeners, down from last quarter's 14.57 million which was a record for the station.

Radio 1 got 11.81 million weekly listeners up from 11.74 million in the last quarter, but its share is down from 9.5% last quarter to 9.3%.

Digital stations, 6 Music and the BBC Asian Network, both gained listeners with 1.19 million tuning into 6 Music - up from 1.02 million last quarter.

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