Rajar: Digital radio is now more popular than FM and AM

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 17, 2018

Grimshaw pulled in 5.1 million listeners a week in the first three months of the year, compared with 5.7 million a week in the last quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from audience research body Rajar.

The greatest amount of digital listening takes place on DAB radios - two-thirds of United Kingdom adults have access to one at home, and they are in 11m cars - which now accounts for 36.8% of all listening and 72% of digital listening.

With the 50% digital listening threshold now met, it is anticipated that the Government will undertake a review to assess digital radio progress and determine next steps in due course.

Ben Cooper, controller BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network, said: "Radio 1 has reinvented how the BBC reaches young people in the digital age".

The new figures mean the government will nearly certainly consider a review of the future of FM radio soon.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said: "This is a landmark moment for the radio industry and for listeners alike. We look forward to continuing to work with broadcasters, the supply chain and Government on delivering radio's digital future and the upcoming digital radio review".

Listening online and via apps proved to be by far the fastest-growing segment of digital consumption, with hours of listening in the first quarter surging by 14m (17%) year on year to 95m hours.

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