#RAJAR - Global: Capital is commercial market leader

From a press release to
Posted 5 August 2015, 8.01pm edt

Karen Roe

  • Global surges ahead with Capital and Heart adding more than 580,000 listeners in London alone
  • Global leads London's commercial breakfast... Capital's Dave and Lisa win breakfast reach; Heart's Jamie and Emma win breakfast share
  • Across the UK, Global has the three most popular commercial radio networks with Heart, Capital and Classic FM.
  • LBC hits 1.5m listeners for the first time: its highest ever reach.
  • Capital Xtra beats BBC 1Xtra for the first time with almost 1m weekly listeners
  • Capital

    • Capital is clearly the UK’s leading hit music brand with 7.6m listeners every week
    • Capital London wins the hotly contested commercial number one slot with 2.2m people tuning in every week up 407,000 listeners in just three months
    • Capital Xtra secures its highest figures yet with almost a million people now tuning in across the UK, beating Radio 1Xtra for the first time.


    • Heart is the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand by far with 8.9m listeners tuning in nationally every week
    • In London, Heart has close to 2m listeners adding 452,000 in three short months


    • LBC records its highest ever reach, with 1.5m listeners – up 124,000 listeners in the last three months.

    Classic FM

    • Classic FM reaches 5.3m listeners each week

    Ashley Tabor, founder & executive president of Global, said: “This is a fantastic set of results for Global. Capital wins hands down across the UK and wins in the fiercely competitive London market where we have 2.2 million people tuning in every week to hear the hottest hit music, making Capital London’s number 1 commercial station. Winning both the London breakfast reach (with Capital) and share (with Heart) is also very special. Global continues to lead the commercial sector with the country’s top three radio networks in Heart, Capital and Classic FM. I’m very proud of how hard everyone at Global has worked to achieve these figures.”

    Richard Park, group executive director and director of broadcasting at Global, said: “Another stellar set of numbers for Global. LBC is a force to be reckoned with, setting the news agenda across the country and achieving its biggest ever audience on record with more listeners and hours, and a greater market share than ever before. Heart London now reaches two million listeners every week helping strengthen Heart’s position as the UK’s number one commercial radio network, and Capital Xtra beats Radio 1Xtra for the first time ever. This is a great set of results for Global.”

    Capital Xtra has beaten BBC 1Xtra in its own TSA on a six month reporting period.

    The Q2 RAJAR figures exclude Smooth Extra listeners, which were previously counted under Smooth Radio Network (UK). These listeners will be included in the Q3 figures. For this reason, the Q2 figures don’t give a like-for-like comparison.

    Source: RAJAR / Ipsos-MORI / RSMB, period ending 28 June 2015. All stations and groups results are reported on their specified reporting period and TSA (Total Survey Area).

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