Rajar Q4 2021 Results
This is the second Rajar to utilise the new measuring methodology; conducted via an app running that identified radio stations by matching exposure to a stations audio output rather than face to face data gathering.
We have highlighted some interesting statistics.
Global has grown their weekly listeners to 25.8m and a 24% share.
Though Heart & Smooth Radio are down just 1%, Heart has 8.54m listeners, just ahead of Radio 1 and Smooth has 5.43m. Heart’s Breakfast Show with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden has also lost listeners but remains the UK’s biggest commercial radio show and commercial breakfast show with 3.86 million listeners. Capital Breakfast hasn’t faired so well losing 250,000 listeners since the last Rajar with an audience of 2.58m.
Capital Network had 6.35m listeners in Q4 (down 2.7%) but remains No.1 music station with 1.7m weekly listeners listened to in London.
Radio X had a great Rajar with an 8.6% increase in listeners to 2.11m. Breakfast host Chris Moyles had an increase in his audience from 1.08m to 1.17m and Johnny Vaughan’s drive show is has 974,000 listeners.
Bauer Q4 results show that they have a 20.6 million reach across its stations with three out of five of the top commercial digital stations (No.1 Kisstory, No.3 Absolute 80s, No.4 Planet Rock).Absolute was down 13.7% on the prior quarter (2.23m).
Kiss network was down 4.4% on the previous quarter to 4.53m. The No.1 commercial digital-only station, Kisstory was up 2% to 2.3m.
The Virgin Radio network, which includes Virgin Radio UK, remains stable with 2.16m listeners during Q4. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show had just over one million listeners (up slightly on Q3), making it the No.1 digital-only commercial breakfast show.
Global Radio stations across Wales – Capital and Heart faired differently in the last Rajar: Heart North Wales had a great Rajar with reach increasing from 83,000 to 111,000 and Heart South Wales from 395,000 to 403,000. Listener hours have also increased from 7.9 per listener last Rajar to 9.2 this Rajar. Capital South Wales listenership has dropped marginally from 159,000 to 156,000, though average hours per listener has increased to 7 and reach remained at 15%. Capital North Wales and West lost just 1,000 listeners.
Radio Carmarthenshire and Radio Pembrokeshire have lost listeners with Radio Pembrokeshire dropping from 31,000 to 27,000.and Radio Carmarthenshire down by 2,000 listeners.
Nation Radio also lost listeners (2,000 weekly listeners) but average hours of listening per head remained the same
Whilst Bridge FM more or less retained a level Q4 Rajar compared to Q3 2021,
The Wave unfortunately had a bad quarter dropping listeners by 20,000, though average listening hours remained the same.
In summary most local radio stations in Wales have seen a drop in listenership for Rajar Dec 2021, Heart has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of Rajar’s so we will be interested to see the results from Q1 in three months time!
We thought we’d highlight a couple of other interesting statistics from Rajar before we sign off –
Digital radio platforms now accounts for 64.4% of all radio listening, according to data for Q4 2021 and listening via online and apps accounts for 16.9% of all listening and listening via Digital TV accounts for 5% of all listening.
The new data shows that 40 million adults, or 72% of the population aged 15+, now tune into digital radio every week, with strong growth seen across a number of digital stations compared to Q3 2021.
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After 18 months, RAJAR has returned with interesting data highlighting a consumer listenership shift due to the pandemic and a new way of measuring audience figures.
We have collated a few highlights and top-line figures for you.
RAJAR measuring methods
These were conducted via an app running that identified radio stations by matching exposure to a stations audio output rather than face to face data gathering
This RAJAR shows that 89% of the UK population (15 yrs.+) is reached by radio each week.
Commercial radio reaches 66% of the population per week, for an average of 8.6 hours a week.
62% of the population is exposed to BBC radio per week – 72% of over 45s and 50% of under-55s
BBC Radio 2 accounts for 26% of all listening per week, with BBC Radio 1 following at 15%.
Global accounts for the highest amount of listening across its various stations, with 23.5% market share. Listening hours across its radio network grew 5% year on year versus Q1 2020, and now stands at 236 million hours.
Decline in younger audiences
Results show a decline in younger audience listenership despite DAB and other digital formats now accounting for well over 60% of total listenership. There were 6.6 m young listeners in 2016 versus 5.9m this RAJAR. In the last five years 15-24s have reduced their radio listening by 40%. Between now and the last RAJAR, the drop’s been 17%. This audience is listening to less radio stations. In 2016 they listened to 3.4 stations versus 2.8 now. Youth stations targeting 15-24’s are losing reach… Radio 1 reach dropping from 8.9m to 8.2m, Kiss down from 3.5m to 2.7m. Capital though saw an increased reach to 6.5m from 6.3m, but still suffered a young audience fallout as did 1Xtra.
Younger audiences typically listen to more commercial radio than audiences over 45 – 69% vs 64%.
How and when audiences are listening
34% of radio listenership takes place across AM and FM stations, versus 66% in digital. Of the digital total DAB accounts for 43%, with online and in-app making up 18% – and DTV listenership accounting for 5%. Radio is listened to by 32.5% of consumers through the internet weekly.
Times have changed with the breakfast peak now at 10am instead of 8am and drive time peak duration lessened from 4-6pm to 4pm. This is undoubtedly how the pandemic has changed listener times…. Hybrid working and working from home has clearly impacted listener patterns. Certainly working from home means people are listening for longer and more intently.
RAJAR on a local level
Some great new here in Wales, Heart reaches 20% of the population in their TSA with a reach of 395,000, Nation Radio is closing the gap on Capital with a reach of 155,000 compared to Capital’s reach of 159,000 with Nation Radio having a 6.0 average hours per listener against Capitals 6.1. The smaller local stations faired well in their TSA’s too with radio Pembrokeshire having the highest reach of 30% followed by The Wave with 23%. And a 10.4% listening share.
To add to the positive outcomes of RAJAR, advertising spend on radio is forecast to grow by 18.6% this year, underpinning marketeers faith in utilising this platform to have their message heard
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