Radio listening figures remain strong with 2% growth over last year, says latest Rajar figures

Radio listenership in the UK has remained strong in the UK, with listening hours up by a total of 2% in total over the last year, as digital listening hours broke through the 300 million mark for the first time, according to the latest Rajar figures.

During the third quarter of 2011, 90.7% of the UK population (47.1m adults over the age of 15) were found to have listened to radio during that period, a growth of 375,000 listeners. This was however down on the number from the previous quarter, which reach a high of 47.6m people.

With listening hours increasing by 2% on the same period during 2010, it has reportedly grown to 1,076m hours per week, 22.8 hours per listener.

Digital listening reached 304m listening hours per week, while internet listening hours grew by 15.4% in comparison with the previous quarter with DAB hour reaching 194m hours. Internet hours were 40m, an increase of 32% on the third quarter in 2010.

It was also discovered that 15.8% of adults over the age of 15 listened to the radio through their mobile phones, increasing by 24.2% on 2010.

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