Tuesday 16 January 2018

6 Music 'outperforming' BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 has pulled in over 2 million listeners
BBC Radio 3 has pulled in over 2 million listeners

BBC Radio 3 edged its audience over the two million mark according to the latest figures, but is still pulling in fewer listeners than digital-only service 6 Music.

The classical music station has 2.03 million listeners in the last three months of last year according to figures released by audience research body Rajar, up from 1.91 million the quarter before.

That compares to the 2.08 million tuning into 6 Music in the last quarter of 2014 - a record for the service which was threatened with the axe in 2010 when its audience stood at 695,000.

Bob Shennan, the controller of 6 Music, said he was "thrilled" with the figures.

He said: " Huge thanks to our passionate and dedicated audience who have played such an important part in making 6 Music a unique and exciting destination."

MP Tom Watson has previously suggested that Radio 3 should give up its FM slot to 6 Music as a result of being leapfrogged by the digital service and its listening figures were also overshadowed by the 5.57 m illion tuning into its rival Classic FM.

In a speech last week, Radio 3's new boss Alan Davey said the station would not be "dumbing down" on his watch and pledged to play "serious, interesting, life changing and complex music".

The figures also showed Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 Breakfast Show had 5.9 million listeners, compared to 9.59 million for Chris Evans and 6.76 million for Radio 4's Today Programme.

Press Association

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