Humphrys closes in on Moyles

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Loudmouth Yorkshire DJ Chris Moyles is in danger of being overtaken in the popularity stakes by John Humphrys, according to new audience figures.

BBC Radio 4’s early-morning Today Programme pulled in 7.1 million listeners in the last quarter of 2011 – just behind Moyles’s Radio 1 breakfast show which had an audience of 7.2 million.

The agenda-setting Today Programme benefited from a leap in audience figures from 6.7 million in the previous quarter, while Moyles had a more modest improvement from 7.1 million.

Both were well beaten by Radio 2’s Chris Evans, whose show had a weekly reach of 8.8 million.

The figures were released by audience measurement body Rajar.