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Grimshaw's audience plummets again
Presenter Nick Grimshaw has seen his audience plummet even further, as he led the Radio 1 Breakfast Show to its lowest audience for a decade.
He has shed another 300,000 listeners and has now slumped by more than 1.1 milllion since he took over the programme a year ago, and it is now 1.2 million behind Radio 4's highbrow early programme Today.
Nick has 5.58 million listeners each week for the flagship show, according to the latest figures from research body Rajar, compared with 6.73 million a year ago when his predecessor Chris Moyles was hosting his final shows.
And he is down 1.5 million compared to Chris's audience for the equivalent period in 2011. Radio 1 - whose overall audience has dipped below that of Radio 4 once again - has not had a breakfast show audience so low since 2003 when Sara Cox was about to bow out of her stint on the programme and had 5.5 million listeners.
Nick now trails his Radio 2 rival Chris Evans by 3.8 million listeners, a huge change from four years ago when the breakfast shows for the two stations were almost neck and neck.
Chris Evans, who is thought to have been a beneficiary of Nick's woes, now has 9.35 million listeners - himself down 400,000 in a year. Today, which recently welcomed new presenter Mishal Husain, is at 6.81 million, which is a drop of 130,000 in 12 months.
Nick - who took over a year ago - was recruited to the station in a bid to reduce the age profile of its listenership, something the BBC Trust had been keen to ensure.
Radio 2 continues to have the UK's biggest audience with 14.94 million listeners each week, up a million in a year. Radio 1 has 10.83 million listeners, marginally behind Radio 4's 10.87 million.
Helen Boaden, director of BBC Radio, said: "Radio 2 is a remarkable success story and continues to reach huge audiences whilst never failing to surprise and amaze with the diversity of its output."