Radio listening continues its rise, with latest Rajar figures showing that 47.3m adults or 90% of the adult (15+) population tuned in to their radio station during the first quarter of 2013.

This year’s station of the year, the Salford-based Radio 5 Live reported that listening figures were down (6.29m listeners a week from 6.36m last year), but it was up on the quarter (from 6.12m).

BBC local radio saw audience reach at 7.1m (16.9%), which was down year on year, but up on last quarter to (6.9m/16.4%).

“It’s been a tough year for BBC Local Radio in England but, despite this, figures for this quarter have increased. The challenge now is to continue this trend and achieve further growth in the long term,” said David Holdsworth, controller of English Regions.

“I believe we can succeed by continuing to provide quality local public service broadcasting much valued by our listeners.”

Commercial stations, Real and Smooth Radio saw 5.57m listeners tune in across the group’s stations, while its listening hours have risen by almost 1m (year on year).

“After the last two quarter’s extraordinary success, the group finished 2012 on an extremely high watermark with record audience figures, therefore Quarter 1 was always going to be a challenge; with over five and a half million listeners tuning in to our stations every week, I think we’ve met the challenge head on,” said Real and Smooth Limited group programme director, John Simons.

  31.12.12-31.03.13       Period Dec 2012    
  Period Pop’n Hours Share of Pop’n Hours Share of
     ‘000 ‘000 Listening %  ‘000 ‘000 Listening %
               
               
 BBC Radio FIVE LIVE Q 6288 41608  4.0% 6124 44861  4.3%
 BBC Radio FIVE LIVE (inc SPORTS EXTRA) Q 6414 43881  4.2% 6272 47395  4.6%
 FIVE LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Q 860 2273  0.2% 847 2534  0.2%
               
BBC Radio Cumbria H 132 1172  14.3% 107 838  11.8%
BBC Radio Humberside H 204 1875  12.7% 237 1892  13.6%
BBC Radio Lancashire H 193 1919  8.8% 203 1759  8.4%
BBC Radio Leeds H 232 1416  4.7% 205 1259  4.2%
BBC Radio Manchester H 199 1068  2.7% 208 1265  3.2%
BBC Radio Merseyside H 339 5191  16.0% 323 4228  13.0%
BBC Radio Newcastle H 323 2168  8.3% 335 2772  10.7%
BBC Radio Sheffield H 256 2090  7.7% 249 1826  7.1%
BBC Radio Stoke H 151 1695  12.8% 141 1385  10.8%
BBC Radio Tees H 144 1205  8.8% 115 855  6.3%
               
Smooth Radio Brand UK H 3139 24097  2.3% 3276 25361  2.5%
Sunrise Radio National Q 492 3439  0.3% 361 2207  0.2%
               
  Bauer Place Portfolio – North East H 728 6097  15.1% 731 5889  14.6%
   Bauer Middlesbrough H 228 1793  12.5% 231 1801  12.5%
   Bauer Newcastle H 503 4304  15.8% 503 4087  15.2%
  Bauer Place Portfolio – North West H 1254 10215  10.6% 1329 10728  11.1%
   Bauer Liverpool (inc. City Talk) H 494 4574  12.7% 512 4347  12.0%
    Bauer Liverpool H 464 4109  11.4% 486 4080  11.2%
   Bauer Manchester H 535 4345  9.8% 572 4572  10.3%
   Bauer Preston H 268 1762  7.1% 284 2077  8.3%
  Bauer Place Portfolio – Yorkshire H 937 8431  13.4% 892 8302  13.7%
   Bauer Hull H 279 2083  11.9% 273 2058  12.5%
   Bauer Leeds H 228 1780  9.2% 203 1689  8.9%
   Bauer Sheffield H 433 4575  16.7% 418 4566  17.4%
  FM Bauer Place Portfolio North East H 600 3929  9.7% 575 3953  9.8%
   Metro Radio H 434 2878  10.6% 411 2898  10.8%
   TFM Radio H 169 1051  7.3% 167 1055  7.3%
   C.F.M (Bauer Carlisle) Y 91 791  18.2% 83 824  19.4%
  Bauer FM Liverpool H 450 3677  10.2% 464 3647  10.1%
   Total City Talk/Magic 1548 H 139 1361  3.8% 135 967  2.7%
   City Talk 105.9 H 67 465  1.5% 60 267  0.8%
  FM Bauer Place Portfolio North West H 1140 8162  8.8% 1196 8682  9.3%
   Radio City 96.7 H 419 3212  8.9% 439 3380  9.3%
   Key 103 (Manchester) H 491 3625  8.2% 512 3702  8.4%
   97.4 Rock FM H 243 1325  6.2% 259 1600  7.5%
  FM Bauer Place Portfolio Yorkshire H 736 5458  9.7% 715 5578  10.5%
   96.3 Radio Aire H 140 733  5.8% 126 753  6.5%
   Hallam FM H 369 3317  12.1% 358 3420  13.1%
   96.9 Viking FM H 228 1408  8.1% 231 1405  8.6%
               
   Magic Network – North H 671 7194  3.6% 671 6706  3.4%
    Magic Network – North East H 204 2168  5.4% 217 1936  4.8%
     Magic 1152 (Newcastle) H 119 1426  5.2% 131 1190  4.4%
     Magic 1170 (Teesside) H 86 742  5.2% 87 746  5.2%
    Magic Network – North West H 177 2053  2.1% 197 2046  2.1%
     Magic 1548 (Liverpool) H 77 897  2.5% 77 700  1.9%
     Magic 1152 (Manchester) H 71 720  1.6% 88 869  2.0%
     Magic 999 (Preston) H 30 437  2.2% 32 477  2.4%
    Magic Network – Yorkshire H 289 2973  4.7% 257 2724  4.5%
     Magic 828 (Leeds) H 110 1046  5.4% 98 936  5.0%
     Magic AM (Sheffield) H 102 1258  4.6% 94 1145  4.4%
     Magic 1161 (Hull) H 80 675  3.9% 68 653  4.0%
               
Total Cheshire Radio Y 58 332  4.5% 56 344  4.7%
 Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 Y 21 130  3.8% 18 114  3.4%
 Chester’s Dee 106.3 Y 37 202  5.0% 38 230  5.9%
Total CN Radio Y 235 1523  9.4% 227 1599  9.5%
 The Bay Y 101 745  12.6% 94 842  13.8%
 Lakeland Radio Y 15 119  10.8% 14 111  9.9%
    Capital Manchester H 477 2940  5.7% 463 2643  5.2%
    Capital North East H 500 2999  7.5% 498 3319  8.4%
    Capital Yorkshire H 1128 8003  9.0% 1090 7500  8.6%
    Gold Manchester H 88 1144  2.2% 102 813  1.6%
    Gold North West & Wales H 18 193  0.9% 23 281  1.3%
    Heart North West and Wales H 216 1539  7.5% 244 1974  9.1%
               
    XFM Manchester H 206 1020  2.0% 208 1104  2.2%
 Lincs FM Group Yorkshire Y 302 2248  7.5% 321 2399  8.1%
  Dearne FM Y 45 375  8.2% 46 324  7.3%
  KCFM 99.8 Y 83 386  4.7% 93 602  7.2%
  Ridings FM Y 51 447  7.1% 53 385  6.2%
  Rother FM Y 36 335  7.8% 36 306  7.5%
  Trax FM Y 87 705  9.3% 95 782  10.4%
The Local Radio Company Group Total Y 526 4338  11.0% 526 4327  10.8%
 2BR Y 47 275  9.6% 55 350  12.7%
 Minster FM Y 69 423  7.0% 71 402  6.4%
 Star North East Y 50 339  4.7% 52 382  5.3%
  Star NE – North (was Durham FM) Y 21 151  3.9% 21 156  4.0%
  Star NE – South (was Alpha 103.2) Y 29 188  5.8% 31 226  6.8%
 97.2 Stray FM Y 56 480  15.9% 50 372  12.4%
 Sun FM Y 72 618  12.9% 69 612  13.2%
 Yorkshire Coast Radio Y 47 447  16.8% 43 444  16.8%
Radio Mansfield 103.2 Y 41 357  10.8% 42 365  10.9%
Total Real and Smooth Ltd. H 5574 47324  4.6% 5850 51339  5.0%
 Real and Smooth Ltd. North West Total H 1172 10068  10.1% 1273 11572  11.6%
 Real and Smooth Ltd. North West Regional H 1050 8671  8.8% 1177 10244  10.4%
 Real and Smooth Ltd. North East H 582 4695  11.6% 638 4754  11.8%
   Real Radio North East – (was Century Radio) H 261 1582  3.9% 279 1458  3.6%
  Total Real Radio North West H 511 4180  4.2% 544 4639  4.7%
   Real Radio North West – (was Century Radio) H 361 2784  2.8% 416 3312  3.4%
   106.1 Real XS Manchester (was 106.1 Rock Radio) H 170 1397  2.7% 153 1328  2.6%
    Smooth Radio North East H 394 3113  7.7% 439 3296  8.2%
    Smooth Radio North West H 783 5888  6.0% 866 6932  7.0%
96.2 The Revolution H 37 385  4.2% 32 212  2.1%
 107 The Bee Y 39 280  4.3% 37 314  4.6%
  107.6 Juice FM H 221 1706  8.0% 248 1649  7.5%
  Peak 107 FM Y 91 708  8.4% 94 753  9.1%
  Radio Wave 96.5 FM Y 66 640  13.8% 67 658  14.7%
  102.4 Wish/107.2 Wire/107.4 Tower FM Y 156 737  3.8% 162 856  4.4%
   107.4 Tower FM Y 50 280  3.7% 49 342  4.3%
   107.2 Wire FM Y 42 164  3.3% 50 246  4.9%
   102.4 Wish FM Y 65 293  3.7% 63 268  3.6%
Yorkshire Radio H 99 411  0.5% 113 555  0.6%