Nick Clegg gives ratings boost to LBC which tops 1m listeners for the first time

Deputy PMs phone-in boosts audience figures as Radio 1 breakfast show performs well post-Chris Moyles

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has proved an unlikely ratings boon for radio station LBC, allowing the London station to top 1 million weekly listeners for the first time, according to the latest audience figures.

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LBC saw its average weekly audience rise 29.4% in the three months to 23 June compared with the three months from April 2012 to 1 million, according to official Rajar figures published today [Thursday].

The station’s share of the capital’s radio market increased to 4.9% prompting James Rea, the managing editor of LBC, to praise his team’s “ spectacular performance”.

There was also good news for Radio 1 where new breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw added 100,000 listeners to the slot vacated by Chris Moyles with 5.9 million listeners on average each week.

Radio 1 had an average weekly audience of 11 million listeners, an increase of more than 750,000, over the previous quarter.

 


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