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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.

Google TV – Internet powered Media

Google TV is a Smart TV platform from Google co-developed by Intel, Sony, and Logitech that was launched in October 2010[2] with official devices initially made by Sony and Logitech.[3] Google TV integrates the Android operating system and the Google Chrome Web Browser to create an interactive television overlay on top of existing Internet television and WebTV sites to add a 10-foot user interface, for a Smart TV experience.

Google TV’s first generation devices was only created and commercialized by Sony and Logitech, this first generation of devices were based all on x86 architecture processors by Intel. While the second generation of Google TV devices are all based on ARM architecture processors, at which time additional partners joined, including LG, Samsung,[4] Vizio, and Hisense. In 2013, more Google TV supported devices were announced by new partners, including Hisense, Netgear, TCL, and Asus. Some of which include 3D television (3D TV) display output capabilities.

An October 2013 report suggests that Google might soon cease using the Google TV label and require all new devices to be rebrand as Android TV.[5]

Google TV leverages many of Google’s existing products. Google TV’s operating system, a customized version of Android, provides the underlying foundation, allowing developers to create applications that extend the system’s functionality. Google’s Chrome browser provides a gateway to the Internet, allowing consumers to browse web sites and watch television, in tandem. Consumers can access HBO, CNBC, and content from other providers through the Chrome browser. Android and Apple smartphones and tablet computers may be used as remote controls for Google TV. Google TV products ship with wireless remote controls with a full QWERTY keypad. An update in November 2011, allowed access to Google Play and enabled search to find content from live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Amazon, and more.[6] In a future OS update, some of the Google TV devices will have casting support, the same as the Chromecast.[7]