ZOE Ball has added 335,000 listeners to her BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, the latest industry figures reveal.

Data from industry body Rajar shows Zoe, who lives in Ditchling, attracted an average weekly audience of 8.24 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

It is a reversal of fortunes for the programme, which lost 1.14 million listeners over the previous two quarters.

The busy news agenda also prompted increases to programmes on Radio 4, LBC and 5 Live.

The postponing of Brexit and the subsequent General Election helped BBC Radio 4’s Today programme rise to an average weekly

audience of 7.17 million listeners.

That is 568,000 more than the previous quarter’s 6.6 million, which was its lowest audience in ten years.

Last week it was announced that Sarah Sands is to stand down as the programme’s editor after three years in the role.