In a stream of less-than-stellar news for BBC Radio 1, recent figures have indicated that the network's flagship program - the Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw - is earning its lowest ratings in 12 years.

This is hardly a singular incident, as the entire network's ratings have been in steady decline. Rajar's official listening figures tabulated that Radio 1 was garnering some 9.7 million listeners per week in the first three months of the calender year; the lowest amount since 2003.

Some have postulated that the severe drop of listeners - averaging over 800,000 less a week per year - comes directly as a result of Grimshaw's youth-focused programming (16-29 year-olds). That demographic, according to figures, spend six less hours per week listening to BBC Radio compared to figures from a decade earlier. BBC, however, confirmed that half of the program's listeners are over 30 years-old with an average listener age of 32.

The Guardian notes some positive news for the radio network, still: "Elsewhere, Radio 4's digital sister station, Radio 4 Extra, leapfrogged Radio 6 Music to become the UK's most popular digital-only station with 2.17 million listeners, in the process also overtaking Radio 3."

"Up 26% year on year, 4 Extra stole the crown from 6 Music, which has a lineup of DJs including Lauren Laverne and Iggy Pop, and was up a more modest 7% to 2.06 million."