Mix 106.3 continues to dominate Canberra airwaves

Lachlan Roberts 2 October 2019 81
Kristen and Nige

Canberrans continue to tune into Kristen and Nige’s breakfast show. Photo: Supplied.

Mix 106.3 has continued its dominance over the Canberra airwaves, with more Canberrans tuning into their breakfast, morning, afternoon and drive shows than any other station.

In GFK’s third survey of 2019, Mix 106.3 topped the charts with 17.1 per cent of the local audience, followed by sister station Hit 104.7 (15.4 per cent). Triple J with 12.7 per cent of listeners has usurped ABC Canberra (11.5 per cent) from its usual third spot on the ratings.

ABC Classic (7.6 per cent), Radio National (6.6 per cent), 2CA (6.5 per cent), 2CC (5.5 per cent) and ABC News (4.5 per cent) all followed.

Kristen and Nige’s breakfast show has maintained its hold on morning listeners, with 17.3 per cent of the audience tuning into their show, followed by ABC Canberra’s Dan Bourchier (15.2 per cent), Hit 104.7 (at 14.6 per cent, down 2.4 percentage points on the last survey) and Triple J’s Ben and Liam (14 per cent, up 2.7 per cent).

Canberra FM Radio general manager Craig Wagstaff said he could not be prouder of the team’s success.

“A legendary effort with Mix 106.3’s Kristen and Nige, number one for the third consecutive survey, a feat made even more extraordinary as it is the show’s first year,” Mr Wagstaff said.

“We are again thrilled and humbled to be number one and number two. These results have continued our strong performance across 2019 and are driven by our passionate, diverse and collaborative team, community support and that of our business partners.”

Weekend radio listeners continue to tune into Mix 106.3 (16.1 per cent, up 1.7 per cent), Hit 104.7 (13.7 per cent, a drop of 3.3 per cent) and ABC Canberra (11.6 per cent, up 1.4 per cent).

2CC saw a big spike in listeners to its Ray Hadley morning show, now up to 9 per cent of local listeners thanks to a 3.9 per cent increase, while Triple J’s weekday drive slot (4:00 pm-7:00 pm) also enjoyed a surge of listeners, now up to 16.5 per cent with a jump of 3.8 per cent.

2CA and 2CC general manager of Michael Jones said the strong results reflect the strength of radio in Canberra.

“Canberra is tuned in to the radio and these results for 2CA and 2CC confirm that they love what they’re hearing,” Mr Jones said. “The strong results for 2CC reflect the strength of the world class radio that 2CC delivers to Canberrans with Australia’s top rating talk presenters.

“The recent addition of Alan Jones to the Breakfast timeslot is already starting to deliver ratings.”

Click here to see the full survey results.


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78 Responses to Mix 106.3 continues to dominate Canberra airwaves
Paula Edwards Paula Edwards 6:58 pm 06 Oct 19

Cause we've all switched over from 2CC cause we don't want to listen to Alan Jones.

Anthony James O'Mara Anthony James O'Mara 9:16 am 06 Oct 19

Do people still listen to the radio? 😂😂😂

Jenny Newman Jenny Newman 12:11 am 06 Oct 19

Nigel is awesome. I put up with Scotty, I'll put up with Kristen, Nige makes my day.

Peter Ellis Peter Ellis 10:13 pm 05 Oct 19

Where are the Community Radio Stations? Data, please!

Kel Senior Kel Senior 7:12 pm 05 Oct 19

NIGE ROCKS! And Kristen is AWESOME too! Great teaming. Missing them during the Raiders GF lead up. Bad timing for their hols 😢.

Benjy Murphy Benjy Murphy 7:08 pm 05 Oct 19

I would rather silence

Alison Elliott Alison Elliott 6:01 pm 04 Oct 19

I switched to 106.3 when Nige came back, and they play a lot of Queen lol

Lisa Pilley Lisa Pilley 5:14 pm 04 Oct 19

How can u not like wilko and courts? And nige and Kristen are great !!!

Heather Anderson Heather Anderson 7:20 pm 03 Oct 19

I switched to 2CA years ago from 106.3 & couldn’t be happier

John Hynes John Hynes 5:56 pm 03 Oct 19

Radio National is a pleasant surprise

Michael Doherty Michael Doherty 5:49 pm 03 Oct 19

Only listen to 2CA. It plays the music from my era.

Samm Duck Samm Duck 4:42 pm 03 Oct 19

Maybe I’m the only one but I think Ned and Josh are good

Gammy Colbert Gammy Colbert 3:42 pm 03 Oct 19

Listen to 1053 ABC because they play music. Tuned out of 106.3 a while ago because of their political dribble and opinionated non stop chatter.

Frank Hengst Frank Hengst 12:00 pm 03 Oct 19

Rock101 Vancouver for me. Gave up on Canberra radio years ago.

Sam Best-mcmahon Sam Best-mcmahon 10:55 am 03 Oct 19

Bring back Scotty and Nige

Robert Chisholm Robert Chisholm 10:20 am 03 Oct 19

Don’t tell the. Their relief breakfast programming sucks, they can’t take criticism and block you. I now use Amazon Alexa as my alarm radio and can choose it to wake me to any better quality radio station. Canberra lacks quality choice.

Simon Abbey Simon Abbey 10:19 am 03 Oct 19

Triple J, you can't beat it!

Iain Chisholm Iain Chisholm 9:28 am 03 Oct 19

I use the radio app so I can listen to Sydney stations as they have more to choose from.

Neil Chandler Neil Chandler 8:20 am 03 Oct 19

87.8 UC FM plays nothing BUT music, and more than just the same 20 songs! But you can only listen on the Northside... as you approach the city, the frequency gets drowned out by a "test broadcast" of Canberra visitor information radio that plays nothing but ads. Dont understand the value of visitor radio transmitting over the best radio station in town! There are so many other unused frequencies!

    Stas Idowu Stas Idowu 3:48 pm 03 Oct 19

    hahaha what's with that stupid test broadcast

    James Stephen James Stephen 9:54 pm 05 Oct 19

    Neil Chandler because community radio has always been 88.0 in just about every town in the country, perhaps the UC should have been looking at their frequency instead of its listeners complaining about an airwave that’s been around since radio started broadcasting

David Brown David Brown 8:11 am 03 Oct 19

I have stopped listening to ABC breakfast. Dan Bourchier must be the second most boring announcer in the world.

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