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Rajars: Post-election listening slump for Today

Third-quarter Rajar listening figures for all UK radio stations announced

Radio 4's Today Programme dipped down to 6.5m listeners a week in the third quarter of this year after an election-fuelled total of seven million in the second quarter of the year.

Today was also slightly down year on year having reached 6.6m listeners in the same period a year ago, according to figures released today by Rajar.

Total radio listening was up 2.3 per cent year on year to 46.8m in the third quarter of this year, meaning that 90.6 oer cent of the UK polulation aged 15 and over listen to the radio at least once a week.

Listening for all BBC radio rose to 31m a week according to Rajar, up from 30.2m in the third quarter of 2009. The BBC's local and regional radio stations had 9.1m listeners in the quarter, up from 8.5 million in the same period a year ago.

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Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette