Radio Programming

London Rajar – Q4/2017

Well here we are once more - this time with a look at the final quarter of 2017.  The survey period was 18th September - 18th December 2017. At first glance I'm not sure what to make of it. All bar one of the main commercial stations have shown an increase in Reach year-on-year; the only exception is Magic, which is down 159,000 on Q4/2016 (although up 23,000 quarter-on-quarter).  The overall weekday winner is Kiss, which leads the pack for much of ... Read more

London Rajar – Q3/2017

Welcome to Quarter 3/2017, covering the period from 26th June 2017 – 17th September 2017 (Wks 26 - 37). Most stations have seen a drop this quarter, with a handful - most notably Heart and Magic - also showing a year on year loss. LBC, while still having the highest share of any commercial station, was the biggest loser in terms of reach on the previous quarter - but is still 119,000 up on last year. I made the point last time that ... Read more

London Rajar – Q2/2017

Over all the years I've been producing this quarterly review I've always been fascinated by the volatile nature of the London market. Sometimes there's a reason why certain stations have done well - as is the case this quarter - yet at other times it's puzzling. This set of results covers the period from 3rd April to 25th June 2017. It was a busy time for news - the General Election, the Manchester Arena bomb, the Westminster and London Bridge attacks and ... Read more

Manchester Rajar – Q1/2017

Although I have usually concentrated on London, back in the dim-and-distant past I occasionally featured other UK cities and thought that it would be worth doing it again from time-to-time. So here's a 'snapshot' of Manchester's radio stations are currently performing. Unlike London where all stations have the same (TSA) Total Survey Area it isn't the same with Manchester, which is served by both regional and local commercial stations, so it's not possible to do an hourly comparison. Instead I've done a breakdown ... Read more
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