Radio 4's Today programme beats Radio 1's breakfast show in latest Rajar listener figures

 

Outgoing breakfast host Chris Moyles bowed out with fewer listeners than John Humphrys, after his Radio 1 show was beaten by Radio 4's Today programme.

The self-styled "saviour of Radio 1" went out on a low as his audience dipped to its lowest level for more than six years.

He finished on 6.73 million after losing 200,000 listeners in a quarter as he ended his eight-and-a-half year run on the breakfast show last month.

But the highbrow, agenda-setting Today programme - presented by figures such as Humphrys and James Naughtie - enjoyed the reverse, as it piled on 200,000 in three months.

It achieved 6.94 million listeners aged 15-plus according to the latest radio audience figures issued by industry body Rajar.

Moyles hosted his last breakfast slot a month ago before heading into the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, and Radio 1 has yet to announce plans for any future shows.

He is still signed to the station although he is not being paid while he is not on air.

Moyles was replaced by Nick Grimshaw as the station sought to bring in a younger audience after criticisms that the average age of listeners was higher than its target range.

His final audience was at its lowest since early 2006.

Radio 2's Chris Evans saw his audience plunge by more than 400,000 in the summer months although he still managed to draw 8.55 million to continue to be way out in front as the biggest breakfast DJ.

His station lost half a million listeners over the period but with 13.9 million, is still the biggest in the UK.

Despite the huge summer of sport as London hosted the Olympics, the BBC's specialist news and sports station 5 Live - together with sister station Sports Extra - saw its audience drop slightly both quarter on quarter and year on year with a combined audience of 6.23 million.

But for the Olympic fortnight, the stations - plus a temporary Olympic station - saw the audience grow to 7.77 million.

Digital station Radio 6 Music - which was under threat of closure in 2010 - saw its audience hit a record high with 1.62 million.

Prior to being earmarked for the axe, a threat which was eventually dropped, it was being heard by 695,000 listeners.

Another digital station briefly under threat, the Asian Network, also reached a record high of 584,000, and Radio 4 Extra also recorded its best figures with 1.7 million listeners each week.

And Radio 4 achieved its second highest ever audience figure with 10.85 million listeners tuning in weekly, up more than 300,000 over the quarter to September.

It is only 9,000 listeners behind its record high in the spring of last year.

The BBC's director of audio and music, Tim Davie, said: "It's encouraging to see that the radio industry as a whole is in good health and impressive that it has held up over the Olympic summer.

"I'm thrilled that, despite there being so much competition for people's time and attention, three of our digital stations have hit record highs."

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Recruitment Genius: B2B Media Sales Professional - Work From Home

£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Enjoying rapid growth we contin...

Recruitment Genius: B2B Media Sales Professional - Work From Home

£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Enjoying rapid growth we contin...

Recruitment Genius: B2B Media Sales Professional - Work From Home

£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Enjoying rapid growth we contin...

Recruitment Genius: B2B Media Sales Professional - Work From Home

£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Enjoying rapid growth we contin...

Day In a Page

Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy