Classic FM welcomes thousands of new classical music listeners in 2022, radio…

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19 May 2022, 00:01

Alexander Armstrong, Charlotte Hawkins and Moira Stuart.

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New audience figures show that in the first three months of 2022, the year we celebrate our 30th anniversary, Classic FM welcomed thousands of new listeners.

We welcomed 100,000 new listeners to Classic FM, according to the latest radio listening figures.

In our 30th anniversary year, results from Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR) show that 5.2 million people now listen to Classic FM every week.

Total audience viewing time has also increased. Classic FM’s total weekly listening now stands at 44.5 million hours, the highest in 17 years.

The figures, which come from the official body responsible for measuring radio audiences in the UK, prove that classical music continues to bring comfort, focus and joy to people’s lives.

We saw an increase in listeners for all daytime shows, starting with Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast with Tim Lihoreau, which saw an increase of 87,000 listeners over the last three months of 2021, bringing the Tim’s audience totaled 1.7 million.

Alexander Armstrong welcomes 2.4 million listeners from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekdays, an increase of 43,000 listeners compared to the previous quarter.

Classic FM Requests is also proving more popular than ever, with 28,000 additional listeners bringing Anne-Marie Minhall’s afternoon audience to 2.5 million listeners.

Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor has gained just under 100,000 listeners, with 700,000 people now tuning into Classic FM from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays. Likewise on weekends, Myleene Klass now welcomes 484,000 listeners to her Smooth Classics programs on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

On weekends, Alan Titchmarsh and Aled Jones are joined by nearly a million listeners each on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with 964,000 and 998,000 tuners respectively.

Source: Ipsos/RAJAR.

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