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BBC 6 Music breaks 1 million listeners

Endangered digital radio station BBC 6 Music has sensationally doubled its weekly audience in 3 months according to the latest listener figures. The RAJAR breaks-down audience stats for the first 3 months of the year and has seen 6 Music jump from an already impressive 695,000 to 1.02 million... All while BBC Director General Mark Thompson plans to close it.

It’s been quite a week for BBC 6 Music; they picked up two prestigious Sony Radio Academy Awards – one for Jarvis Cocker and Rising Star, and one for Adam & Joe for Best Comedy Show. But despite this, the now record breaking audience figures, and constant backing from an eclectic spectrum of people including bands, politicians and all manner of celebs the big cheeses at the Big British Castle want to close it on the grounds that it isn’t value for money. Erm, £6m in running costs with 1.02m listeners is better value for money per pair of ears than any national BBC radio station, and 6 Music is only on digital. The final decision to axe 6 Music or not will be made in the coming months.

The other major story in the RAJAR results was for Radio 2 who are now listened to by just under 15 million people per week - that’s a million more than their previous record high. It looks like it’s all thanks to Chris Evans who added the difference to his new breakfast show. What’s that? Sir Terry Wogan who?

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