Radio 2’s overall audience figures were also at their lowest since 2012, with the station having notched up 14.6 million weekly listeners, down from 15.4 million last year. However, Radio 2 is still the most listened to station in the UK.
All but two of the BBC’s national radio stations saw a dip in audience figures, with the exception of digital-only stations 6Music and BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra.
Whiley, meanwhile, is moving to a 7pm-9pm Monday to Thursday slot to present a new music show. A new Drivetime host is still to be confirmed.
Radio 1’s breakfast show – which was recently taken over by Greg James – added almost half a million listeners on a year-on-year basis, and 5 Live’s breakfast show, hosted by Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden, added 259,000 listeners.
Absolute Radio’s breakfast show and Chris Moyles’ morning slot on Radio X also enjoyed a surge in listeners. Kiss’s breakfast show with Rickie, Melvin and Charlie and the Capital breakfast show with Roman Kemp and Vick Hope both saw a dip in audience figures.