BBC Radio 1 loses one million listeners in a year as BBC 6Music’s figures rise

The new listener figures are the station's lowest in ten years

A new report has revealed that BBC Radio 1‘s listener figures have dropped to their lowest levels in over ten years.

According to figures from RAJAR, the official body for measuring radio audiences in the UK, the station has lost a million listeners just over the past 12 months.

The station’s figures fell to 9.5 million adults between April and June 2016 compared with 10.4 million over the same period in 2015.


A spokesperson for Ben Cooper, Radio 1’s controller, dismissed the survey. They said: “RAJARs are only part of the picture for Radio 1, and our listeners should be seen alongside increases on our YouTube channel as it goes past one billion views and our growing social media platforms with over 8.5 million users.

They continued: “To focus solely on RAJARs is similar to looking at how many newspapers have been sold without looking at their online presence or national influence.”

The report also revealed that BBC 6Music’s listenership has reached a new high for the station, with 2.3 million people tuning in a week.

The station staged its annual music festival in Bristol earlier this year, with artists such as Foals, Suede and Laura Marling all on the bill.