BBC Radio 3 reaches biggest audiences since 2016

The station sees the most significant increase in listeners across the BBC 


BBC Radio 3 has announced its highest audience ratings in three years, with a 16% increase from this time last year. The station shows the largest growth across the whole of BBC Radio, with 2.13 million listeners a week compared to 1.83 million in 2019.


Radio 3’s weekend breakfast show, hosted by Elizabeth Alker, saw its highest ratings since 2004. 

Classical music stations enjoyed improved ratings across the board, with Scala – the new digital station launched in March 2019 – seeing an 8% increase and Classic FM gaining 324,000 listeners.


‘BBC Radio 3 is important to the kind of society we are’, says Radio 3 controller Alan Davey. ‘Having a place where you can take time out from the world, listen to something in depth and get a new perspective is really important’.