BBC Radio 6 Music has won record audience figures, reaching almost two million listeners over the past three months, according to Rajar.
The digital-only station now has 1.99 million listeners tuning in each week, up from 1.73 million last year – a 15% increase.
6 Music’s audience has more than doubled since a public campaign saved it from a proposed closure in 2010.
Lauren Laverne hosts the most-listened to show, drawing 868,000 each week.
“The brilliant figures for Radio 6 Music shows the network continues to go from strength to strength, cementing its position in the digital space,” said Bob Shennan, controller Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and director, BBC Music.
“I’m thrilled that Shaun Keaveny, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are all reaching record audiences – with Lauren Laverne leading the charge as the most listened to show on the station.”
The station’s listening figures overtook those of BBC Radio 3 for the first time in July, prompting MP Tom Watson to suggest that Radio 3 should give up its FM slot to 6 Music as a result of being leapfrogged by the digital service.
Speaking ahead of the current Rajar figures, new Radio 3 controller Alan Davey denied the audience shortfall for the classical music station represented “a trend”.
“It’s one quarter’s listening figures we are talking about,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday.
But the most recent numbers show the gap between the two stations has widened, with 6 Music now drawing 82,000 more listeners than Radio 3, despite the last quarter including the station’s popular Proms coverage.
Radio 3 has a weekly audience of 1.91 million listeners – compared to 1.88m last quarter and 2.03m …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment