The figures below, however, also include radio station brands: we're treating "Heart" or "Kiss" as one station here, rather than each individual local radio service. This gives a clearer view of the popularity of station brands.
These figures are based on RAJAR ending December 2013.
The top 10 radio stations with the most listenersNormally, when people ask for the most popular radio station, they mean the one with the most amount of listeners. This will always give national or London stations as a result, and ignore smaller, local radio stations - even though, in many areas, the most popular station is a local one.
1. BBC Radio 2 (15.5m listeners every week)
2. BBC Radio 4* (11.2m)
3. BBC Radio 1 (11.0m)
4. Capital (7.5m)
5. Heart (7.3m)
6. BBC Radio 5 live* (6.3m)
7. Classic FM (5.6m)
8. KISS (5.0m)
9. Smooth Radio* (4.0m)
10. Magic (3.6m)
In terms of individual radio stations, we list all UK stations in order of total listener numbers, total time spent listening, and market share.
The top 10 radio owners with the most listenersIt's also important to look at radio owners, since they have the market in commercial terms.
1. BBC national radio (33.1m listeners every week)
2. Global Radio (20.0m)
3. Bauer Media (14.4m)
4. BBC local/regional radio (9.3m)
5. Real and Smooth Ltd (6.1m)
6. UTV Radio (4.4m)
7. TIML Radio (Absolute Radio) (3.5m)
8. BBC World Service (1.4m)
9. Orion Media (1.2m)
10. Jazz FM (0.7m)
Global Radio and Real & Smooth Ltd were both owned by Global Radio for this survey, but are quoted separately.
TIML Radio is now owned by Bauer Media, but were operating separately at the time of this survey.
The top 10 radio stations with the highest amount of listeners in their areaIf you want to look at popularity based on how many people listen in their area (and thus, take on board local radio stations as well as national), then the 'reach percent' is the best figure to examine. This shows you people who've listened for at least five minutes a week, and takes no account of whether they listen any longer than that. Here's a full list.
1. Channel 103 FM (64% of people in their area tune in every week)
1= Island FM (64%)
3. Manx Radio (55%)
4. Radio Borders (50%)
5. Moray Firth Radio (49%)
6. Radio Pembrokeshire (45%)
7. West Sound (45%)
8. Yorkshire Coast Radio (45%)
9. CFM (44%)
10. 3FM (42%)
The top 10 radio stations with the highest listening share in their areaThe share of listening in a station's broadcast area is normally the best way of monitoring how popular a radio station is. This makes it easier to work out how popular the station's entire broadcasting output is, in comparison to others in its area. Here's a full list.
1. Island FM (43.3% of all radio listening in their area is to this station)
2. Channel 103 (35.8%)
3. Radio Borders (30.7%)
4. West Sound (28.1%)
5. Manx Radio (27.6%)
6. Moray Firth Radio (23.1%)
7. BBC Radio Guernsey (21%)
8. Northsound One (20%)
9. Wessex FM (20%)
10. BBC Radio Ulster (19.7%)
Note: figures here for BBC Radio 5 live also include BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra; BBC Radio 4's figures include BBC Radio 4 LW; and Smooth Radio also includes Smooth 70s.
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