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Ken Bruce still on the up at Greatest Hits Radio latest figures show

The latest weekly audience figures from industry body RAJAR show that Ken Bruce has more listeners tuning in to his Greatest Hits Radio morning show.

Ken, who joined the station in April last year, now has 3.8 million weekly listeners, which is up 73% in that slot compared to the same time last year.

Elsewhere on the station, Simon Mayo has the biggest commercial drivetime show and Rossie at Breakfast has a record 2.9 million listeners – up 39% compared to the same time last year.

This has helped Greatest Hits Radio celebrate a new high by reaching 7.7 million weekly listeners, an increase of 50% in 12 months.

Although there wasn’t much change at BBC Radio 2 last quarter with the station at 13.2 million listeners, Veron Kay in Ken’s old slot, is slightly down but Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show has seen a small increase.

Zoe Ball and Vernon Kay still have the two biggest radio shows in the UK.

Over at Heart, Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden’s Breakfast Show has grown again, beating Greg James on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast (all adults) by more than 200,000 listeners.

The station has a new record, with 12.4 million weekly listeners making it the biggest commercial radio brand.

Heart owners, Global is still the UK’s number one commercial radio company with a record 27.6 million weekly listeners. It also has the top three commercial breakfast shows in London – Heart, LBC and Capital.

The way we listen to radio continues to change, as the figures show that online listening is still growing and has now overtaken listening on FM and AM for the first time on all radio, with the highest ever online listening share of 27.8% compared to analogue which is 27%.

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