Canberra's radio ratings are in...

Youth radio station Triple J has made big gains in Canberra as commercial station 104.7 remains No.1 despite some significant losses in its audience share, according to the latest survey.

It also shows 666 ABC has regained its second spot after falling to third last survey, but Triple J is hard on its heels.

Triple J breakfast hosts Alex Dyson and Tom Ballard.
Triple J breakfast hosts Alex Dyson and Tom Ballard. 

The results come as a new system of compiling radio ratings is due to start next year, with Canberra to have three surveys a year, up from two surveys a year. Online monitoring of radio listening habits will also be introduced.

Scotty and Nige aka Scotty Masters and Nigel Johnson from 104.7 remained in the top position for the all-important breakfast slot, again relegating Ross Solly on 666 to second spot.


104.7 also had the highest audience share of 18.5 per cent despite a drop of 5.4 percentage points since the last survey released in April.

666 held its overall audience share to finish second with 14.1 per cent, sending MIX 106.3 to third on 13.9 per cent and Triple J fourth with 12.3 per cent.

Just on weekday figures, 104.7 and 106.3 came out top and Triple J was actually close to relegating 666 to fourth place, with just 0.9 percentage points separating them.

In breakfast, Triple J, with Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson, also moved into third spot (11 per cent), pushing MIX 106.3 to fourth (10.2 per cent).

Scotty Masters and Nigel Johnson aka Scotty and Nige from 104.7 are still atop the breakfast radio tree in Canberra.
Scotty Masters and Nigel Johnson aka Scotty and Nige from 104.7 are still atop the breakfast radio tree in Canberra. 

666 ABC Canberra generally had small losses across every weekday time slot with its local presenters but its syndicated programs did better.

Evenings on 666, for example, increased its share by 8.1 percentage points to 23.2 per cent, making it a clear winner. The evenings timeslot from 7pm to midnight is covered on 666 by the syndicated shows Evenings with Dominic Knight and Nightlife with Tony Delroy.

Triple J increased its audience share across all timeslots in Canberra including almost doubling its share of afternoons (noon to 4pm) from 7.7 per cent to 14.7 per cent, with Lewis McKirdy at the helm at lunchtimes.

Triple J’s share of Canberra listeners aged 18 to 24 and 25 to 39 also increased dramatically, with jumps of 12.5 percentage points and 10 per cent respectively.

Triple J manager Chris Scaddan was pleased about the Canberra ratings.

‘‘We know we’ve got a lot of listeners in the ACT because we hear from them on air and through social media all the time,’’ he said.

That growth for Triple J appears to have come largely at the expense of 104.7 which saw its share of listeners aged 18 to 24 fall by 15.5 percentage points and 25 to 30 fall by 8.8 per cent.

Canberra FM Radio general manager Eoghan O’Byrne said this survey had been a "mixed-bag" for the company but it was still pleased where it stood in the national capital.

"We’re still in the enviable position of having both our stations sitting at over 190,000 people listening which is nearly 52 per cent of the market, so we’re pretty happy about that," Mr O’Byrne said.

ABC Local Content Manager, ACT Andrea Ho said she was not concerned about the small losses of audience share for local weekday programs.

‘‘Not concerned, only pleased that the diversity  of ABC Radio is connecting with audiences in Canberra.  As a talk station 666 has maintained its strong position in its target market , and it’s great news the Triple J music offer to its younger demographic has done so well,’’ Ms Ho said. ‘‘More broadly, ABC Radio is happy to see audiences move across and sample all its stations, rather than go elsewhere.

Commercial Radio Australia has announced that from January 1 GfK will be conducting radio surveys, ending a 66-year relationship with Nielsen.

The change means Canberra will have three rather than two surveys a year.

Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer Joan Warner said from next year in Canberra the listening would be recorded by a combination of e-diary and paper diary with no phone interviews used for the collection of data.

‘‘This is a new era for radio audience measurement in Canberra with the methodology closely mirroring the new and enhanced methodology being implemented by GfK in 2014 in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth,’’ Ms Warner said.


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