Commercial radio stations in the West Midlands have seen a rise in listeners in the last quarter.
BRMB, Heart West Midlands, Wyvern, Beacon and Capital Birmingham all recorded a second-quarter increase compared to the same period last year, while Mercia recorded a fall.
Elsewhere, the figures, released by Rajar, show Radio 4’s flagship current affairs programme Today reached a record 7.18 million listeners a week – its biggest total since the current Rajar research methodology was introduced in 1999.
Paul Gerrard, programme controller at 102.2 Capital FM Birmingham and Heart West Midlands, said: “This is a fantastic day for the whole team here in Birmingham. We are incredibly proud of being number one and number two in the city, one of the most competitive radio markets in the UK.
“It is very rewarding to see the huge amount of effort that goes into developing our radio stations and listening to what our listeners want, pay off with these record breaking figures.”
In Birmingham, BRMB averaged 416,000 listeners a week, up from 364,000, Heart West Midlands averaged 869,000, up from 744,000 and Capital Birmingham – formerly known as Galaxy – averaged 470,000, up from 383,000 in the same period last year.
Elsewhere, Wyvern averaged 114,000, up from 97,000, Mercia reported 144,000, down from 149,000, and Beacon saw its average rise to 232,000, from 209,000.
Nationally, Radio 4 was up overall reaching 10.85 million listeners a week, according to Rajar, compared with 10.4 million in the same period a year ago.
Radio 5 Live (including Sports Extra) was slightly down year on year to 6.7 million listeners a week in April to June this year from 6.8 million in the same period a year ago.
The BBC’s network of local, regional and nations radio stations also saw a year on year decline in listeners to 9.1 million a week from 9,645,000 in the same period a year ago.
According to Rajar, 91.7 per cent of UK adults (defined as those aged 15 and over) tuned in to the radio at least once a week in the second quarter of this year. This makes a total of 47.6 million people.