NEWS Broadcasting’s group of radio stations have remained market leaders as the country’s most digital broadcaster.
The speech and music group, owned by News UK, which also publishes The Sun, revealed a 6.7m Brits tuned in for 42.9m listening hours in the last quarter.
Almost nine in ten listeners to stations including talkSPORT, talkRADIO, Virgin Radio and Times Radio accessed world-class programmes through DAB tech or streaming.
Listeners for talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 surged by 13% to 3.6m – a new all-time record.
More than 450 live football matches, top pundits including Simon Jordan, and unrivalled coverage of the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury boxing clash contributed to the surge in listeners.
Virgin Radio – fronted by Chris Evans and Graham Norton – reached 2.1m weekly listeners, more than eight per cent higher than last year.
Times Radio delivered a reach of 554k, with weekly listening hours up 2.5% to 3.5m.
And talkRadio, with stars including Piers Morgan and Vanessa Feltz, also grew by almost 40% to 840,000 listeners a week.
News UK EVP, President of Broadcasting, Scott Taunton, said: “This double record for News Broadcasting – with more listeners, listening for more hours a week than ever in our history – speaks to the world-class broadcasting talent that delivers our national roster of stations.”