Rajars: Moyles exits Radio 1 with audience dip

Paul Williams
Rajars: Moyles exits Radio 1 with audience dip

Chris Moyles lost more than 400,000 listeners during his last quarter in charge of Radio 1's breakfast show as his audience dipped year-on-year to below 7 million.

Moyles, the station's longest-serving breakfast presenter with more than eight years in the job, saw his audience fall annually by 428,000 or 6.0% in Q3 to 6.7 million, according to Rajar. Between quarters he lost 193,000 listeners, a 2.8% drop.

The self-styled "saviour of Radio 1" left the show on September 14 with his successor Nick Grimshaw taking over right near the end of the quarter on September 24.

Radio 2's Chris Evans claimed 1.8 million more listeners than Moyles in the quarter but suffered annual and quarterly audience dips. His reach dropped year-on-year by 3.6% or 318,000 people to 8.5 million, while it dipped by 4.5% or 418,000 between quarters.

Christian O'Connell's Absolute breakfast show grew across the year by 4.1% but was down by 267,000 listeners or 18.8% between Q2 and Q3, while Global-owned Classic FM's breakfast programme increased by 3.5% on the year but was down 4.3% between quarters to 1.6 million and Bauer service Kiss UK's breakfast show rose 2.8% on the year but dropped 0.4% on the quarter to 1.55 million.


Tags: Radio 1, Radio 2, kiss fm, Absolute Radio, classic FM, chris moyles, Christian O'Connell, Chris Evans

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