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All ears

Former BBC PM presenter Eddie Mair has tweeted about the success of his new station LBC, noting the ‘record-breaking’ line up had the ‘highest audience reach in 46 years’. He noted that 2.2 million listeners tune in to LBC each week and that his show has attracted almost 100,000 new listeners to the station.

These figures may make those at BBC Radio 4 a tad nervous as the station reportedly lost 770,000 listeners during the last quarter of 2018. It’s not all bad for BBC Radio 4 though, as the station maintains a weekly reach of nearly 10.5 million listeners – more than four times that of LBC. Almost 7 million of these listeners tune in each week just for the Today Programme.

BBC Radio 1 also lost half a million listeners, although Greg James’ new breakfast show drew in an extra 300,000 people when listeners aged 10 and over were counted.

All about the numbers

Twitter’s annual figures for the last quarter of 2018 reveal for the first time its Daily Active Users. Around 126 million of us log on to tweet every day, reportedly a nine per cent increase on the previous year. With all the focus on social media regulation, Twitter was also quick to highlight that there was a 16 per cent year-on-year decrease in ‘abuse reports’.

Fly on the wall 

BBC and Vice Studios are jointly producing a behind-the-scenes documentary following Laura Kuenssberg as she reports on Brexit. Inside the Brexit Storm – a working title – will show Kuenssberg reporting on the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Chequers Plan. A release date has yet to be announced.

Shorter, sharper

BBC News at Ten is to be cut by just over 10 minutes to attract younger viewers, according to reports over the weekend. The Sunday Times reports that five minutes are going to be shaved off the national news, four minutes from the regional news and 90 seconds from the weather. Three years ago the programme was extended from 35 to 45 minutes to provide ‘even more news analysis and explanation’. But since 2010 a steady decline in viewing figures has led to the BBC allegedly rethinking its decision. This drop in BBC News consumption is particularly pronounced among viewers aged 16 to 24: 37 per cent watched the TV news each week in 2010 compared with just 27 per cent in 2017.



Ben Chu is leaving his post as economics editor at The Independent to join BBC Newsnight.

Valerie Hamill is now a technology producer at Sky News.

Former editor of the Sunday Express magazine, Louise Robinson, has been appointed editor of Saga Magazine. The magazine, which is due to be relaunched, is aimed at the over 50s and has a circulation of around 255,000.

Annabelle Dickson will now write Friday’s edition of Politico’s London Playbook.

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