Mike Hosking tops NZ radio ratings again

Newstalk ZB host Mike Hosking. Photo: NZH
Newstalk ZB host Mike Hosking. Photo: NZH
For 14 years running, Newstalk ZB remains the country's top commercial radio network, according to the latest GfK Commercial Radio Audience survey.

The survey results - released at 1pm today - show NZME is also continuing to grow across its radio platforms.

They show a boost in NZME's overall radio audience over the ratings period. Gold FM leads the way, with an additional 26,000 listeners tuning in, followed by Coast (21,500) and Radio Hauraki (20,500).

And popular music radio station ZM has the most listeners in the country across the highly competitive 18-39 and 25-54 year-old demographics.

Mike Hosking Breakfast on Newstalk ZB also continues to reach massive audiences. It boasts more than 504,000 listeners – about 185,000 more than any other breakfast show in the country.

ZM's Fletch, Vaughan & Hayley breakfast show dominated the music radio scene, having the most listeners across several key commercial demographics including 18-34, 18-39, 18-49, 25-44 and 25-54-year-olds.

NZME chief radio officer Jason Winstanley says the results show NZME is continuing to deliver on its strategic priority of continually growing the reach of its audio platforms – be that digital audio or traditional terrestrial radio.

"I'm really proud of our teams and the results of today's survey, continually growing our overall audience numbers, with some fantastic results and growth across many of NZME's radio brands," Winstanley said.

"After two and a half years of bumper results in GfK radio surveys, with the likes of Newstalk ZB listenership skyrocketing due to people being at home during Covid lockdowns, it's pleasing to see that the station's audience numbers remain incredibly high – well above any other network and significantly higher than pre-Covid levels."

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