The last quarter saw U.K. Top 40 network BBC Radio 1 score its highest listening figures for nine years.

According to official audience research figures from Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd (RAJAR) covering the three-month period March 30-June 28 the network grew its average weekly audience to 11.34 million listeners -- 660,000 listeners more than in the previous quarter. That amounts to Radio 1's highest audience since the third quarter of 2000 when it had an average weekly audience of 11.45 million.

AC-formatted BBC Radio 2, the U.K.'s most popular radio station, slipped to its lowest overall audience share in almost three years, with 15.5% of listeners, down from 15.9% in the previous quarter.
However, the station, is still way ahead of its competitors with an average weekly reach of 13.42 million listeners.

In the commercial sector, national network Classic FM -- a national network dedicated exclusively to classical music -- saw its average weekly audience rise by more than 300,000 during the past three months to just over 5.7 million.

Overall radio consumption in the United Kingdom also grew to a new high of 46.3 million listeners each week. That figure equates to 90.3% of the U.K. population, aged 15 or over. The audience share of radio listening via a digital platform also increased in Q2, growing 5% from quarter to quarter and 19% year-on-year. RAJAR says 21.1% of all radio listening in the U.K. is now via a digital platform.

Radio listening via mobile phone continues to increase steadily among adults aged 15+, rising 15% from an average weekly total of 6.2 million in Q2, 2008 to 7.1 million in Q2, 2009.

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