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Radio 1 Breakfast Show sheds hundreds of thousands of listeners since the start of the year

Radio 1 Breakfast Show sheds hundreds of thousands of listeners since the start of the year

The Radio 1 breakfast show has been defended by BBC bosses after figures showed it had shed hundreds of thousands of listeners since the start of the year.

The show, presented by Nick Grimshaw, has recorded its second lowest audience figures since current records began.

The programme hosted by the DJ lost 600,000 listeners in the first quarter of 2018, new research shows.

Grimshaw pulled in 5.1 million listeners a week in the first three months of the year, compared with 5.7 million a week in the last quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from audience research body Rajar.

The quarter-on-quarter drop of 11 per cent is the second largest dip since Grimshaw took over the breakfast show – the largest was between October and December 2012 and January and March 2013, when the audience fell by 14 per cent.

Last year the show plunged to its lowest listening figures since he took over the slot, dropping below five million in the third quarter of 2017, the first time in his five-year tenure.

Ben Cooper, controller BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network, said: “Radio 1 has reinvented how the BBC reaches young people in the digital age.”

He added: “Radio 1 remains the biggest and most relevant youth station in the UK, with over a third of all 15 to 24-year-olds listening each week.”

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