Radio Programming

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

London Rajar – Q1/2017

Here's how things are looking for the first quarter of 2017. Capital now has the highest commercial reach - and with more listeners than BBC Radio 2. Although it is up 510,000 on the previous quarter, it is actually down 46,000 year on year. LBC has the highest commercial share, which was helped by a 28% year-on-year increase in hours to 11.5 million. I expect the currently election period Magic is down 291,000 year on year, with Kiss down 211,000, Heart down 152,00 and ... Read more
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