By Ben Wilkinson for the Daily Mail. Radio listeners are choosing highbrow discussions and the latest news over pop as they follow big world events, such as Brexit. New figures released today show that BBC Radio 1, specialising in current pop music, has lost nearly a quarter of its listeners in six years. The channel — aimed at teens and under 30s — shedlisteners in the last year alone, according to radio audience research body Rajar.
Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in WestminsterLondon and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation  and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20, staff in total, 16, of whom are in public sector broadcasting. From its inception, through the Second World War where its broadcasts helped to unite the nationto the 21st century, the BBC has played a prominent role in British culture. Britain's first live public broadcast from the Marconi factory in Chelmsford took place in June.
BBC Radio is an operational business division  and service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since The service provides national radio stations covering the majority of musical genres, as well as local radio stations covering local news, affairs and interests. It also oversees online audio content. The BBC's radio services began in The British Government licensed the BBC through its General Post Officewhich had original control of the airwaves because they had been interpreted under law as an extension of the Post Office services.