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BBC Radio 5 Live reports World Cup boost

Online listening and podcast demand has soared for BBC Radio 5 Live, thanks to the World Cup.

The BBC has reported that a record number of people have listened to 5 live’s podcasts - six million downloads were made in June -  and there's also been a surge in online listening, including through smart home devices and the iPlayer Radio app.

There have been two million downloads of the World Cup Daily podcast during June, and 5 Live breakfast has seen a 50% increase in online listeners. Traditional radio audience figures will be released later this year covering the World Cup period, although those figures will not cover the same audiences, such as those abroad listening to 5 Live content online.

Following the success of its World Cup coveage, it has now secured the services of some of the stars of Russia 2018 for the new domestic football season starting in August.

Kelly Cates and Robbie Savage (pictured above) will get new shows and World Cup 5 live favourites Chris Sutton, Alistair Bruce-Ball, Dion Dublin, Pat Nevin and Chris Waddle will be regular voices on the station throughout the new football season.

From August, Kelly Cates will become the regular presenter of 5 live’s sports coverage on Tuesday evenings. That means Kelly will introduce the station’s coverage of some of the biggest football games including UFEA Champion’s League matches. Mark Chapman, another Russia 2018 star, will continue presenting 5 live Sport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Robbie Savage, who has hosted his World Cup Breakfast on 5 live throughout Russia 2018, will return with a new weekly show on the station. Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast will broadcast every Friday for half an hour from 8.30am throughout the Premier League season. Robbie will be joined by big-name guests each week. The new show is in addition to Robbie’s work on 5 live’s long-running football phone-in show 606 on Saturdays.

Chris Sutton and Alistair Bruce-Ball, whose commentary pairing has been one of 5 live’s biggest successes of the World Cup, will be among a number of new voices on 606 on Sundays. The pair have been a hit with fans and this means their partnership will continue beyond Russia.

Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 live, says: 
“We want to keep the momentum we have built in Russia going and it’s great to have some of the people who have made this World Cup so special back on air for new shows when the domestic season starts in August.”