BBC Radio Scotland hits the million listenership mark for the second successive quarter

BBC Radio Scotland has hit the million listenership mark between April and June for a second successive quarter.

According to new figures, BBC Radio Scotland has notched up a 7% increase in listeners, at 1,035,000, within a year as figures across UK radio reach new record highs.

The Scotsman reports that a total of 47.6 million

adults tuned in to stations each week across the UK from April to June - an increase of 750,000 compared with the same period last year.

It also claims that across Scotland, the total number of radio listeners fell slightly, but that BBC Radio Scotland's share rose sharply, reaching a million listeners a week.

Charles Fletcher, chairman of the Scottish Community Broadcasting Network, told The Scotsman that Radio Scotland's increase reflected an increase in programming similar to Radio 4, with more comedy and drama.

He added: "Perhaps you are seeing a move of listeners to the growing community sector and that is not covered by Rajar.

"Because these stations are so small, they are not measured - the 31 community and small commercial stations don't feature, which is quite a significant number of potential listeners."

A round-up of reaction by commercial radio stations to the Rajar figures released this morning can be found here.

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