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Global Radio has top 3 commercial radio brands in UK

From a press release to news@media.info
Posted 20 May 2015, 8.12pm edt

Byrion Smith
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GLOBAL RETAINS LEAD WITH 23 MILLION LISTENERS TUNING IN TO GLOBAL BRANDS EVERY WEEK ACROSS THE UK

SMOOTH CLOSES IN ON 5 MILLION LISTENERS – UP 11% IN 12 MONTHS

LBC REACHES RECORD LISTENING FIGURES ACROSS UK IN RUN UP TO GENERAL ELECTION

GLOBAL HAS THE TOP 3 COMMERCIAL RADIO BRANDS IN THE UK

  • Capital remains far and away the UK’s leading hit music brand with 7.5m listeners every week
  • Heart is by far the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand with 9m listeners tuning in every week
  • Classic FM grows to reach 5.5m listeners each week, adding 218,000 listeners a week in the past year
  • The biggest programme on Classic FM, John Suchet, now has a weekly audience of 2.7m listeners
  • Smooth has grown by a massive 11% adding nearly half a million listeners in the past 12 months, taking its weekly reach to 4.8m listeners
  • LBC has recorded its highest ever audience with 1.4m listeners across the country, up 128,000 listeners in the past year
  • LBC’s Breakfast Show with Nick Ferrari achieves the biggest commercial radio breakfast share in London at 5.4%

Ashley Tabor, founder & executive president of Global, said: “We continue to lead the industry with 23 million listeners tuning in to Global brands every week. The nation’s three most popular commercial radio brands maintain a strong lead with 9 million people listening to Heart, 7.5 million listeners enjoying the Capital brand and over 5.5 million people tuning into Classic FM each week. We’re also delighted with the growth of Smooth and LBC, and our regional results around the UK in places like Manchester and Birmingham.”

Richard Park, group executive director and director of broadcasting at Global, said: “I’m particularly proud that Smooth has added nearly half a million new listeners in the past year. It’s also very promising to see that LBC, the home of political debate, translated its coverage of the most talked about General Election in a generation into record figures across the country.”

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