Radio 1 audience down a quarter since 2011, figures show

Cool FM and Downtown Radio reel in 129,000 extra listeners Rajar figures show

Cool FM and Downtown Radio reel in 129,000 extra listeners Rajar figures show

Radio 1's Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw attained an audience of 5.14m weekly listeners in Q1 2017, representing a decline on 5.37m from Q4 2016 and 5.43m in Q1 2016.

Radio 1's audience as a whole is also shrinking.

Part of the Bauer Group, they were the big winners in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same three months previous year, according to figures from industry monitoring body Rajar.

Chris Evans's BBC Radio 2 breakfast show has seen a slight resurgence in the past three months, with a rise of more than 100,000 to 9.3 million, although his audience is still down on this time in 2016. "You can't judge Radio 1 on Rajar figures alone".

Radio 5 Live's audience fell to 5.34m over the past quarter as the "speech radio" battle hots up.

Paul Rodgers, Head of 6 Music said: "It's great to see this record breaking quarter as evidence of the continued and growing appetite for 6 Music with listeners, who are clearly choosing a station which puts brilliant music at the heart of its offer."

There was better news for the BBC elsewhere in Q1 this year.

"Despite huge changes in the sector, it's heartening to see a massive 89% of the United Kingdom population committing to listen to radio each week across a variety of devices", said Bob Shennan, director of BBC Radio and Musi.

It's the first time, therefore, that Spotify's United Kingdom audience has officially surpassed that of the BBC's flagship new music radio network.

DAB, the most popular digital platform, delivers more than one third of all radio hours listened to in the UK.

Ashley Tabor, founder and executive president of Global, said: "Global's brands have had another surge forward and I couldn't be prouder of everyone at Global today for all the hard work that has gone into these results".

Station controller Ben Cooper claimed the figures do not tell the whole story as its social media offerings achieved record figures of 80 million monthly video views on Facebook and 1.4 billion total views on YouTube.

The Q Radio network - which is moving from its old premises on Belfast's Ormeau Road to a new broadcasting base at the Fountain Centre in the city centre next week - enjoyed a listenership uplift of 41,000, taking its quarterly average reach to an all-time record 289,000.