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The most popular radio stations in London

Who are the listeners of Britain's capital city listening to?

British radio is made up of national, regional and local radio stations, so direct comparison in many cities across the UK is difficult. However, London is unique in that it has a lot of local and national radio stations which are measured across the same London transmission area.

Here, then, are London's most popular radio stations, in terms of total listeners within London. (Note that the national radio stations have considerably more listeners across the whole of the UK - you'll find all the UK-wide listening figures in their directory entries).

1. BBC Radio 4: 3,025,000
2. BBC Radio 2: 2,389,000
3. Capital FM: 2,156,000
4. KISS: 1,825,000
5. Magic 105.4: 1,756,000
6. BBC Radio 1: 1,596,000
7. Heart: 1,557,000
8. Classic FM: 1,306,000
9. BBC Radio 5 live: 1,296,000
10. LBC 97.3: 958,000

Source: RAJAR, Q4/2013

Also, try the most popular radio stations in the UK and more radio listening figures.

2 comments

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Lincoln Josh
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I have a humble idea of comparison.
What about a comparative listening hours share in each area? Means we take all the people living in the area, and the across-country comparison will depend on that number. It’s additional though…
Do you have data for other areas? Beside London? It would be interesting to look into such areal shares I described – apart from those by listeners (shares also): we could have a diagram – a pie — both for by listeners and by hours.

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James Cridland
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What about a comparative listening hours share in each area? Means we take all the people living in the area, and the across-country comparison will depend on that number.

That is what the most popular radio stations in the UK page does. That is the definition of a listening hours share: the share of listening by all the people in that area.

Do you have data for other areas? Beside London?

It isn’t as easy for other areas, because the survey area for each station is different. In Leeds, for example, BBC Radio Leeds covers all of West Yorkshire, while Radio Aire covers just Leeds. Capital covers all of Yorkshire, while Heart covers West and South Yorkshire (not Hull). Ridings FM covers part of the area, as does The Pulse. So there is no standard plot for Leeds.

You can cover it by looking at all radio listening within the (say) Aire FM TSA, but this would be rightly criticised by BBC Radio Leeds, who make a service for all of West Yorkshire. Aire would look to have a higher share than Radio Leeds in this example, and the bulk of Radio Leeds’s listeners, or Capital’s, will fall outside Aire’s TSA.

This is how many stations claim they’re number one – for they have different survey areas.

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