ALL TIME RECORD NUMBER OF LISTENERS FOR MTG RADIO
MTG RADIO REMAINS LARGER THAN THE CONSOLIDATED SBS AND BONNIER RADIO
Modern Times Group MTG AB, the international media group, today
announced that its RIX FM national commercial radio network reached an
‘all-time high’ number of daily listeners for a commercial radio network
in Sweden – 919,400 daily listeners or more than 12% of all Swedes
between the ages of 9 and 79. At the same time the combined daily
audience of MTG Radio’s stations increased to 1,260,100 listeners, which
is equivalent to 16% of all Swedes in the same target group!
The figures come from the latest survey by official industry research
organization ‘RUAB’ and show that RIX FM’s daily listener numbers are up
21% year on year and have reached record levels. RIX has increased its
lead over the other commercial radio networks as well as the two state-
owned public service channels ‘P1’ and ‘P3’. RIX’s largest increases
came in Sweden’s major cities.
RIX’s flagship and hugely popular programme, “Rix MorronZoo”, also
reinforced its position as the most listened to morning ‘drive time’
show, growing its audience to 572,100 daily listeners. MorronZoo now
has 100,000 more listeners than the rival program on P3.
‘Lugna Favoriter’ confirmed its position as Stockholm’s largest
commercial Radio channel with 150,200 daily listeners, equivalent to a
reach of 9.6%. In Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, the channel
also increased its reach to 12%, equivalent to 56,900 daily listeners.
Following this success, MTG Radio is launching ‘Lugna Favoriter’ in the
Swedish city of Umeå at the beginning of September.
Metro FM delivered its best results to date with 51,800 daily listeners,
representing a reach of 3.3%, and ‘Power Hit’ remains the second largest
radio channel in Stockholm, after Lugna Favoriter.
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President & CEO, commented: “This is a great
result for our radio operations. Only two days ago, we announced that
MTG Radio’s Swedish operations reported operating profitability in the
second quarter on sales up 15% year on year. Our reach continues to
increase as the popularity of our programmes grows, and we have proven
that we can successfully expand the channel formats into new cities and
countries – SALES, SHOWMANSHIP AND COST CONTROL.”
For further information, please visit www.mtg.se, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President & CEO tel: +46 (0) 8 562 000 50
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