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Big gains for Digital Radio

update Radio audience figures for the 2nd quarter of 2012 show a good few months for digital radio stations in the UK.

In particular, male-orientated music stations with an emphasis on indie and rock music saw big boosts.

RAJAR audience data, released at midnight, revealed that the Absolute Radio network of stations, including Absolute 90s and 00s, saw 3.2 million listeners - up from 3 million in the last quarterly survey, with the main Absolute Radio station reaching 1.8 million listeners.

Meanwhile, DAB station Planet Rock's reach increased 10.7% year on year with 948,000 listeners.

Xfm saw increases in Manchester and London, but in the non-music category TalkSport saw falls in listenership after a flip to an all-sports format.

Over on BBC Digital Radio, 1Xtra and Radio 4 Extra saw increases in audience figures. Radio 4 Extra retains its number one position among digital-only stations with 1.6 million listeners while urban music station 1Xtra attracted 1.13 million.

Overall, digital radio now accounts for a third of radio listening. Digital radio includes DAB, the internet and radio via digital TV platforms. 

  The Breeze has left DAB
Meanwhile Celador's The Breeze has left DAB digital radio's South Hampshire and Bristol local DAB multiplexes. The service ceased at midnight on the 1st August. The station continues online and on FM. Big brother Jack FM has gone to mono on the South Hampshire multiplex.


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