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Evans popular - but loses listeners

Chris Evans's breakfast show lost around 500,000 listeners in the space of three months, according to new figures.

His Radio 2 show is still the most popular early morning listen, pulling in an audience of 8.6 million, but that is down from 9.2 million in the first quarter of 2011.

The former Radio 1 man is still well ahead of the station's current breakfast presenter, Chris Moyles, whose show had a weekly reach of 7.4 million in the second quarter of this year.

That is down from 7.5 million in the first three months of 2011.

Head of programming at Radio 2 Lewis Carnie said the station is attracting nearly 14 million listeners a week, had achieved record audiences across several shows and is "in rude health".

He said: "I'm delighted to see that Mike Harding's folk show, Vanessa Feltz's early breakfast show and Zoe Ball's early breakfast show every Saturday morning have achieved record figures. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show continues to entertain, and I'm particularly proud that 30,000 young writers entered the 500 Words children's story writing competition this Spring."

Figures, released by radio audience measurement body Rajar, show BBC Radio 4 bucked the trend and increased its audience while the corporation's other main stations all lost listeners.

Its flagship Today programme, whose presenters include John Humphrys and James Naughtie, put on more than 150,000 listeners in the second quarter of 2011 compared with the previous three months and now has a weekly reach of 7.2 million.

Its counterpart on Five Live pulled in 2.9 million listeners, up from 2.7 million in the first quarter of the year.

Classic FM saw its weekly reach fall from 6.09 million to 5.7 million, while talkSPORT saw its weekly audience stay stable at 3.2 million.


From Belfast Telegraph