Dublin-born DJ Annie Mac has added 110,000 listeners to after taking over from renowned star Zane Lowe.
Eyebrows were raised as to what the station would do when the popular Lowe left to join Apple’s new radio service beats, but audience figures have soared since she took over the nightly evening show.
Latest Rajar figures show her audience now stands at 1.74m, some 110,000 higher than Lowe’s during his last audited quarter fronting the programme in 2014.
It seems Radio 1 is basking in the glory in an increase of female DJs with Clara Amfo also adding 300,000 listeners to the morning show, while Nick Grimshaw saw his breakfast show lose 70,000 listeners.
Mac has been well received as she has revitalised the show, and broadened the audience, by including more of the dance music she first advocated in her Friday night Radio 1 slot.
Mac, 36, has added electronic artists to the indie rock playlist promoted by Lowe.
His new listening figures are yet to be released, leaving him say: “Apple don’t share numbers. So I said, ‘How do I find out?’ They said, ‘Noise. Go out and make as much noise as you can’, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
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