RAJAR Q2/14: Global: best results in company's history

From a press release to
Posted 30 July 2014, 8.10pm edt

  • Capital is again London's no.1 commercial station, surging ahead on reach, share and hours
  • Capital London Breakfast with Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon holds no.1 spot as London's biggest commercial breakfast show
  • Nationally, Heart, Capital, Classic FM and Smooth are the nation's top four commercial radio brands with 23.2m people tuning into Global stations every week
  • Smooth adds nearly 300,000 listeners nationally in this quarter alone

Capital London

  • Capital London adds more than a quarter of a million (290,000) listeners in the past three months with 2.2m listeners now tuning in every week, making Capital the no.1 commercial station in London for reach
  • Capital’s breakfast show with Dave Berry & Lisa Snowdon adds nearly 200,000 listeners and grows share (from 4.5% to 5.2%) and hours (2.3m to 2.6m)


  • Heart network total listening hours up by 2.7m from 63.6m to 66.2m
  • Heart London up on share from 5.3% to 5.5% making Heart the no.1 commercial station in London for share


  • Smooth London adds 216,000 listeners in the past quarter taking reach from 565,000 to 781,000
  • Smooth network reach up to 4.6m – its highest ever


  • Total Global listeners now at 23.2m every week, its highest ever.

Ashley Tabor, founder & executive president of Global, said: “It’s an immensely special day for the team at Global with our best RAJAR ever, leading the pack in the fiercely competitive London market with Capital, Heart and Smooth all enjoying phenomenal success. I’m very proud that Dave Berry & Lisa Snowdon continue to win at breakfast, and Capital London as a whole has added nearly 300,000 listeners, taking it clearly past all commercial competitors in the UK’s biggest market.

“Overall, Global’s brands are reaching more people than ever. A staggering 23.2 million people are listening each week in the UK – these figures reflect the hard work and dedication of every single person working at Global.”

Richard Park, group executive director and director of broadcasting at Global, said: “This is a great result for our brands. With an impressive new line up including Kate Garraway, Andrew Castle and Tina Hobley, Smooth has proved itself a force to be reckoned with, in London and across the network, enjoying significant growth in all regions. I’m also particularly proud of the stellar quarter enjoyed by Heart, with more of our audience listening for even longer on our largest brand.”