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Most popular Radio Stations in the UK

Media UK publishes all the audience figures for every radio station – here’s Radio 1’s audience figures for example. You’ll find audience figures published on the Media UK website, linked-to from most radio station pages: and linked from some radio station owners too. We also list a full set of charts and data.

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 September 2013.

The top 10 radio stations with the most listeners
Normally, 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 (14.9m listeners every week)
2. BBC Radio 4* (10.9m)
3. BBC Radio 1 (10.8m)
4. Capital (7.7m)
5. Heart (7.6m)
6. BBC Radio 5 live* (6.5m)
7. Classic FM (5.3m)
8. Kiss (5.0m)
9. Smooth Radio* (3.8m)
10. Magic (3.7m)

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 listeners
It’s also important to look at radio owners, since they have the market in commercial terms.

1. BBC national radio (32.0m listeners every week)
2. Global Radio (20.4m)
3. Bauer Media (14.3m)
4. BBC local/regional radio (9.3m)
5. Real and Smooth Ltd(6.0m)
6. UTV Radio (4.5m)
7. TIML Radio (Absolute Radio) (3.4m)
8. BBC World Service (1.5m)
9. Orion Media (1.2m)
10. Jazz FM (0.7m)
At the time of writing this, Global Radio and Real & Smooth Ltd were both owned by Global Radio. The merger is subject to competition rules. Bauer Media were in the process of buying TIML Radio, but this deal had not been approved at the time of writing.

Additionally…

The top 10 radio stations with the highest amount of listeners in their area
If 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.

The top 10 radio stations with the highest listening share in their area
The 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.

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.

How radio listener figures are worked out
All radio station listening figures
The most popular radio stations in London

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 June 2013.

The top 10 radio stations with the most listeners
Normally, 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 (15.4m listeners every week)
2. BBC Radio 1 (11.0m)
3. BBC Radio 4* (10.9m)
4. Heart (7.5m)
5. Capital (7.4m)
6. BBC Radio 5 live* (6.3m)
7. Classic FM (5.6m)
8. Kiss (4.4m)
9. Smooth Radio* (3.7m)
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 listeners
It’s also important to look at radio owners, since they have the market in commercial terms.

1. BBC national radio (32.6m listeners every week)
2. Global Radio (20.1m)
3. Bauer Media (14.0m)
4. BBC local/regional radio (9.5m)
5. Real and Smooth Ltd(5.7m)
6. UTV Radio (4.4m)
7. TIML Radio (Absolute Radio) (3.8m)
8. BBC World Service (1.4m)
9. Orion Media (1.2m)
10. Jazz FM (758,000)
At the time of writing this, Global Radio and Real & Smooth Ltd were both owned by Global Radio. The merger is subject to competition rules. Bauer Media were in the process of buying TIML Radio, but this deal had not been approved at the time of writing.

Additionally…

The top 10 radio stations with the highest amount of listeners in their area
If 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.

The top 10 radio stations with the highest listening share in their area
The 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.