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Jones's radio ratings increase since Gillard controversy

BROADCASTER Alan Jones continues to prove the old adage that any publicity is good publicity.

The shock jock created a media firestorm when it was revealed in late September he told a Young Liberals function that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's father had "died of shame".

Mr Jones later apologised for the comment and his employer, Sydney radio station 2GB, temporarily suspended all advertising on his breakfast program amid the backlash.

But the latest Nielsen survey of radio ratings shows Mr Jones's audience share in the 5.30-9am morning slot had increased 1.4% in the two surveys since the controversy.

His audience share grew by 0.9% in the latest Nielsen survey.

In fact, he dominated his time slot in Sydney across all AM and FM networks with an 18.2% share, well clear of Adam Spencer's ABC 702 breakfast program (13.7%).

On September 9, prior to the controversy, the survey had Mr Jones's audience share at 16.8%.

That increased to 17.3% in the October survey, coming ahead of the latest result.

However his 18.2% share in the latest survey is still 0.3% less than it was in the August survey.

The survey, released on Tuesday, showed 2GB attracted 14% of the Monday-Sunday audience share, down 0.5% but still well ahead of ABC on 10.4%.


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