Big audience boost for Classic FM

6 February 2014, 00:00

More than 300,000 new listeners have tuned in to Classic FM in the last three months, according to new radio listening figures published today.

The latest results are out – and the UK's biggest classical music station has increased its audience to over 5.6 million people each week.

Thousands more listeners are starting their day with Classic FM's More Music Breakfast – during the week, an extra 197,000 people have discovered Tim Lihoreau's programme in the last three months. Breakfast at the weekend, meanwhile, has seen Anne–Marie Minhall attract her largest audience to date, with a yearly increase of 101,000 people on Sundays alone.

The number of people tuning in for our flagship weekday mid-morning show, presented by John Suchet, has grown to over 2.8 million, whilst Jamie Crick's mix of requests, dedications and afternoon favourites has seen his audience surge to 2.6 million people each week.

At the weekend, Alan Titchmarsh and Aled Jones now both reach well over a million listeners every week.  Other programmes enjoying a significant increase include Saturday Night at the Movies with Howard Goodall, which has grown its audience by 17% in the last three months, and Charlotte Green's Culture Club, which is up 16%.  

In addition, Classic FM's major new series Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music, presented by Catherine Bott, is already attracting a large audience, with a year-on-year increase of 29%.

Classic FM's Managing Editor Sam Jackson said: "We're delighted to be welcoming so many people to the nation's classical station.  As part of the Global group of radio stations, Classic FM has strengthened its position as the home of classical music, and I'm thrilled that so many listeners have discovered us at this exciting time."

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