abc radio improves ratings

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    SYDNEY, Dec 7 AAP - Sydney radio listeners are tuning out of the
    commercial networks and heading back to the ABC.
    According to the latest Nielsen Media Research ratings survey,
    an extra 60,000 people on average tuned into the ABC's stations
    each week from September 19 to November 27.
    ABC 702's ratings jumped 1.4 per cent, putting the station in
    third place with 9.8 per cent of Sydney's total radio audience.
    In top spot was 2GB, which was down 0.6 per cent with a 10.8 per
    cent share, and Nova, down 0.2 per cent to 10.5 per cent.
    "This is the most successful year the station has had since
    1966," ABC 702 station manager Roger Summerill said.
    "702 ABC Sydney has finished 2004 in the strongest possible way.
    This is an outstanding result for the station."
    The ABC's alternative music station Triple J improved its
    audience share by nearly one per cent to 4.8 per cent while ABCFM
    rose 0.2 per cent to 2.1 per cent.
    2GB's Alan Jones remained the top-rating breakfast host with a
    14 per cent market share. However, that figure was down nearly one
    per cent.
    Angela Catterns from ABC 702 kept her number two position in the
    breakfast slot, improving 0.9 per cent to 12.2 per cent.
    Nova's Merrick and Rosso held onto third place with 10.5 per
    cent, down 0.3 per cent, and 2Day FM host Judith Lucy was at 5.8
    per cent, down 0.7 per cent.
    Ray Hadley, of 2GB, held top spot in the 9am to midday shift
    with 12.2 per cent, down 0.4 per cent.
    John Laws was second in that category with 11 per cent.
    In the evening, 702's James O'Loghlin and Tony Delroy hold the
    top spot for the 7pm to midnight shift.
    They hold 10.7 per cent of the audience, an increase of 1.5 per
    cent.
    2GB's Murray Wilton and Brian Wilshire lost share, falling 1.6
    per cent to 10.5 per cent while 2UE's Murray Olds and Stan Zemanek
    fell 2.1 per cent to 9.4 per cent.
    AAP jwm/bes/jlw
 
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