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Commercial radio stations ranked by reach in the United Kingdom (UK) Q1 2020

As of the first quarter of 2020, roughly 5.5 million listeners tuned in to Classic FM radio. This made it the most popular commercial radio station in the United Kingdom (UK). As its name suggests, Classic FM plays classical music through a number of mediums including audio streaming via the internet. Behind Classic FM is the adult contemporary station Magic and the contemporary station Kiss.

Largest radio stations

Despite Classic FM reaching approximately 5.1 million sets of ears during the third quarter of 2019, it was in fact the fourth most listened to radio station in the UK. The top three spots were all taken up by the BBC, with BBC Radio 2 topping the list by more than 14 million listeners.

Radio reach

Between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2019, the overall time spent listening to the radio in the UK did not decrease as much as could be expected. Each week, approximately ninety percent of the UK’s population is reached by radio, with the average listener still spending over twenty hours per week listening to the radio.

Commercial radio stations ranked by weekly reach in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 1st quarter 2020

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Release date

May 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q1 2020

Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

* The source provides the following commentary: "Reach is the number of people aged 15+ who tune to a radio station within at least 1 quarter-hour period over the course of a week. Respondents are instructed to fill in a quarter-hour only if they have listened to the station for at least 5 minutes within that quarter-hour. Between 00.00-06.00, listening is recorded in half-hour periods."
This statistic excludes BBC Radio stations.

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