The figures for Q3 2009 showed listening through digital platforms was up from 15.9m in Q3 2008 but down 1% from the previous quarter.
According to the figures, the public is also waking up to the advantages of digital radio, with ownership of DAB increasing 14% year on year, with 16.6m households having a DAB receiver, compared to 14.5m a year ago.
Listening via a mobile device also grew as more enabled handsets have been produced, with a climb of 7.5% to 6.9m in Q3 2009, from 6.4m in the third quarter of 2008. Figures for listening via the internet remain disappointingly low with just 2.2% of the UK population doing so.
Andrew Harrison, CEO of the Radio Centre, said, “It’s encouraging for radio’s future to see DAB set ownership now in a third of all homes and listening via mobile phone also remaining strong. As radio prepares to play a full role in consumers’ lives in a Digital Britain, our presence on these devices is great news.”
Overall radio listening in the UK showed healthy growth during the third quarter, with 45.7m listeners or 89.2% of the UK tuning in to commercial or BBC stations.
This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk