The second quarterly results of RAJAR 2018 have been released, and across Welsh radio, with a couple of exceptions the stations haven’t seen many major changes. Local Heart South Wales is once again the Number One Commercial Radio Station in Wales with a massive 444,000 listeners every week and an impressive market share of 11.1%. They saw the biggest increase of reach, up 45,000 to 444,000. They also saw their average listener hours increase from 8.6 to 9.7. Heart North Wales also saw an increase in reach, from 142,000 to 155,000. 96.4 FM The Wave had a reach increase of 17,000, up to 135,000. Their average listener hours also increased to 6.7, up from 6.3. Further afield Global claimed four out of the top five commercial radio brands in the UK (Heart, Capital, Smooth and Classic FM). Capital – remains the UK’s number 1 music brand, growing reach to 8.3million weekly listeners across the UK. Global Capital XTRA has a new record of 1,800,000 weekly listeners across the UK, and the Heart brand surges forward with a huge 9.8million weekly listeners, its biggest ever. Further afield, Global and Absolute recorded increases. The Absolute Radio Network reached a new record of 4,740,000 listeners every week, up 500,000 in a year. Absolute Radio reached 2,540,000 listeners every week, up 370,000 in a year BBC Perhaps surprisingly the only BBC digital stations to see audiences increase were 1Xtra, Asian Network, World Service and 5 Live Sports Extra. Radio 4 is down 8.3% to 10.5million, Radio 1 is down 3.7% to 9.2million. However, it remains the number one UK station for 15-24...
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