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UK Radio industry promotes the importance of in-car listening

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Radioplayer, the not-for-profit partnership between the BBC and leading British commercial radio stations says a survey of radio habits in Europe is a “useful reminder to the motoring industry” of the medium’s “enduring appeal”.

It’s highlighted the importance of radio within a car dashboard, pointing to a survey of drivers across the UK, France and Germany which suggests that despite new incar technology, eight out of ten car drivers would never consider buying a car without radio.

Key findings include:

• Essential: 82% of drivers would not consider buying a car without a radio
• Dominant: 75% of all in-car listening is to the radio, even in modern cars
• Frequent: 84% always or mostly listen to the radio on every journey
• Free: 90% believe radio should always be free and easy to listen to

All respondents had bought one of the top 20 European car brands within the last 3 years, ensuring a fair comparison between radio and alternative audio options (like music streaming and smartphone integrations), present in more modern cars.

Michael Hill, Managing Director of Radioplayer said: “We already know people love listening to radio in their cars – this research is a useful reminder to the motoring industry of radio’s enduring appeal amongst a host of new digital alternatives. Furthermore, it is evidence that the radio and motoring industry must work together to ensure we produce car radios that are simple and easy to use in the digital dashboards of the future.”

The research shows radio delivers 75% of all in car listening, with 84% of drivers ‘always’ or ‘mostly’ listening to radio on every journey. When drivers were asked to nominate the one entertainment source they’d keep in their car above all others, it was shown to be radio, chosen by 69%, with UK drivers feeling particularly strongly at 73%.

Radioplayer provides a single platform for online radio listening and will offer a number of connected car opportunities in the future.  The Radioplayer model has now spread to Germany, Austria, Norway, Belgium, and Ireland – and these six countries are working together to help grow radio across Europe.


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