survey is the largest audience research survey in the world outside North America and the most complex.
Programme controller Adam Bridge said: "It's an interesting RAJAR
this time - broader remit stations such as ourselves seem to have lost on reach but gained in hours.
These misleading and unrealistic results make critical readers think that during this test the court case between TWG and RAJAR was still threatening and had an influence on the way the test was conducted.
RAJAR based its decision on the fact that Mediawatch recognised less listening sessions during a test conducted last November than other devices tested.
RAJAR presented in its press release a misleading table which indicates that the Mediawatch recognized 32% of the tested acoustic environments, while other meters registered more sessions.
We are also very concerned that the scenarios in which RAJAR tested the MediaWatch were in many cases situations which are in direct contravention of instructions typically given to respondents.
As the RAJAR tests lack the scientific criterion of repeatability - that is to say, each environment was not sufficiently controlled to ensure that identical conditions could be re-created to yield the same results - we are unable to conduct the same tests again.
Telecontrol will also be publishing a full report in due course, in relation to the latest tests conducted by RAJAR.
Penelope James, PR Consultant to RAJAR
, Tel: +44-1303-844555, Fax: +44-1303-844567, Mobile: +44-7860-162231, E-mail: pjpr@dial.
Although trials of two electronic meters were held between January 2002 and March last year, RAJAR subsequently announced it would not be implementing the new system.
Under the system used by RAJAR, the station was behind competitors Classic FM and Virgin AM and FM, TWG said.
TWG said it may take action against RAJAR shareholders, including the BBC.