ABC’s Philip Clark gains traction, but FM still top of the airwaves in Canberra

ABC radio’s Philip Clark topped Canberra’s breakfast radio ratings.The ABC’s Philip Clark has continued to gain traction in Canberra’s competitive breakfast radio slot, topping the ratings again, latest survey results show.

But the Today Network’s 104.7FM, home to breakfast duo Scotty and Nige, still came out on top overall in the three months to July this year.

There was little movement across most timeslots in the second round of radio ratings results for this year, which were released on Wednesday and included measurement by radio ratings provider GfK.

The biggest audience share overall went to 104.7FM, with 17.3 per cent of listeners aged 10 and over.

Mix 106.3 was hot on its heels with a 16.8 per cent share, with 666 ABC Canberra rounding out the top three with 16.4 per cent.

The survey was Clark’s second on top in the breakfast slot since he took over from Ross Solly six months ago.

Clark had 21.2 per cent of the weekday audience from 5.30am to 9am, followed by Scotty and Nige on FM104.7 (17.7 per cent), then Mix 106.3’s Kristen and Rod (13.4 per cent) and 2RN (11.2 per cent).

Forever Classic 2CA’s new breakfast recruit, radio veteran Rob Duckworth, was not factored into the latest survey as he replaced Chris Tennant less than two weeks ago.

Any impact he has on breakfast ratings will be revealed when the next GfK results are released in October.

The Dan & Maz Show on 104.7 won the drive slot (with a 20.8 per cent share), despite the audience for Mix 106.3’s Greg Allan surging by 2.2 percentage points to 19.7.

Local content manager for 666 ABC Canberra Andrea Ho said she couldn’t be happier to see strong results across the board, especially in the breakfast slot.

”I’m really pleased that the hard work of our whole team is being recognised by Canberra listeners,” she said.

”Phil is a great bloke and this shows the audience is is really getting to know him better.”

Content director for 104.7 and Mix 106.3 Mark Wiggett said the latest ratings result was 104.7’s 16th consecutive No. 1 ranking over eight years.

Mr Wiggett said the “stellar result” showed the 104.7 team was “committed to doing great radio”.

“And the growth of Mix over the last two books is outstanding,” he said.

The results are the second to be released this year under a new system of compiling radio ratings which started this year.

Canberra now has three surveys a year, up from two surveys a year.

Online monitoring of radio listening habits has also been introduced.

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