London's Radio Industry

BBC Radio, part of the British Broadcasting Corporation with its head offices in Westminster, has been broadcasting since 1927 under the Royal Charter. The majority of BBC Radio comes from Broadcasting House, which is situated in Regents Street. BBC Radio 1 is youth orientated while BBC Radio 2 is geared towards adults. BBC Radio 3 focuses on arts and high culture while BBC Radio 4 is mainly news and current affairs. BBC Radio 5 is a news and sports radio channel.

BBC Radio 4 is the most popular radio station in London, with approximately 2,996,000 adult listeners a week. BBC Radio 2 is the second most listened to radio station in London, with an estimated 2,277,000 listeners weekly.

The third most popular radio station in London is Magic FM, with its offices off Oxford Street, has an estimated 2,286,000 listeners a week. 95.8 Capital FM, which has its head office in Leicester Square, was launched in October, 1973, and has an estimated audience of 2,179,000 adults per week and is currently London’s fourth favourite radio station.

The fifth most listened to radio station in London is Heart Radio, which operates from offices in Central London, has approximately 1,990,000 weekly adult listeners. BBC Radio 1 is the sixth most popular radio station in London with an estimated 1,892,000 weekly listeners.

The seventh most listened to radio station in London is Kiss 100, which originally began broadcasting as a pirate radio station in 1985. Kiss launched as a legal radio station in September 1990, with is studio and offices in Holloway. BBC Radio 5 Live is the eight most popular radio station in the London area with 1,427,000 estimated weekly listeners.

Classic FM is the ninth most popular radio station in London and is one of the UK’s three Independent National Radio Stations. Classic FM broadcasts from its studios in Leicester Square and has approximately 1,397,000 weekly adult listeners. The tenth most popular radio station in London is LBC with 861,000 weekly listeners. LBC was the first legal Independent Local Radio station, which originally had its head office near Fleet Street, then relocating its offices in Hammersmith.