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Kisstory becomes new number 1 commercial digital radio station

Kisstory has become the new number 1 commercial digital radio station, after overtaking Absolute Radio 80s in the latest radio listening figures.

According to the figures compiled by RAJAR, Kisstory had an audience of 1,611,000, up 23% year-on-year, following its promotion on to the new second commercial multiplex from Sound Digital. The station had previously only been available in some areas via local DAB digital radio multiplexes.

The former number 1, Absolute Radio 80s has seen its listening figures continue to fall. After recording an audience of 1,720,000 in this year's first RAJAR report, a multiplex switch that resulted in lower UK coverage during the second three month period coincided with updated figures showing audiences dropping to 1,581,000. The latest quarterly data indicate that figure has fallen further to 1,458,000.

Planet Rock, which had the same fate, has managed to stablise its audience figures, climbing back over 1 million, but still short of the 1,265,000 that were recorded in this year's first set of figures.

BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 4 Extra continue to dominate the top positions overall, with BBC Radio 6 Music recording new record highs.

Smooth Extra, broadcast nationally on the Digital 1 DAB multiplex, now attracts more than one million listeners for the first time since its launch.