Radio - Overview and Statistics - Australia

Australia - Radio - Overview and Statistics

Radio continues to play a large part in the daily listening activities of many Australians and the increase in availability of listening ranges from the radio over the air, streaming on the internet or through digital radios in vehicles. Radio company mergers and acquisitions continue as amalgamation of regional radio stations become part of the push to gain greater advertising share of nationwide retransmission market. Additional M&As are likely to continue over the coming years.

Although its advertising base is growing, the radio market continues to lose share to other new media sectors. While radio is still available over AM and FM frequencies and almost three-quarters of all radio is commercially operated, other technology including digital radio, podcasting and converged multi-media technologies are offering new revenue opportunities, threats and challenges. By mid-2014 many stations including regional radio stations had ceased their online broadcasting streams due to the additional online streaming licensing charges.

The major commercial radio broadcasters include the ARN, Southern Cross Media, Nova, MRN, Fairfax Media, Grant Broadcasters and in late 2011. The radio networks have established metropolitan and regional footprints through aggregation and together account for around 75% of the market. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation accounts for almost all of the remaining radio audience.

In this report we provide statistics on radio usage patterns including revenue streams in tabular and easy-to-read chart formats, a radio history timeline, and also an overview of the markets of the major players. For information on Digital Radio, see our separate report: Australia - Radio - Digital Radio.

Key developments:

Revenue, market share, radio broadcasting, podcasting, media, funding for community radio, online streaming ceases for many stations, broadcasting legislation.

Companies covered in this report include:

Austereo, Fairfax, ABC, Grant Broadcasters, Australian Radio Network, Southern Cross Media, DMG Radio Australia, PPCA, Localworks, Macquarie Radio Network, Nova, Super Radio Network, community radio broadcasters, SBS, Smart Radio Network, indigenous radio.

1. Synopsis
2. Market overview
2.1 Amplitude modulation (AM)/Frequency modulation (FM) and digital
2.2 Market trends into 2014
2.3 Radio advertising statistics
2.4 Listening statistics
2.5 Number of radio licences
2.6 Licensing fees increase sees online streaming cease
3. Major players
3.1 Overview
3.2 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
3.3 Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Radio
3.4 ACE Radio
3.5 Australian Radio Network (ARN)
3.6 Community radio
3.6.1 Overview
3.6.2 2014 National Listener Survey
3.7 Broadcast Operations Group Super Radio Network
3.8 NOVA Entertainment (previously DMG Radio Australia (DMG))
3.9 Fairfax Radio Syndication
3.10 Grant Broadcasters
3.11 Macquarie Radio Network (MRN)
3.12 Southern Cross Media Group (SCMG)
3.12.1 Overview Regional Mediaworks
3.12.2 Austereo
3.13 Indigenous radio
3.13.1 Background
3.13.2 National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)
3.13.3 98.9FM Country Radio (4AAA Murri Country, Brisbane)
4. Digital media developments
4.1 Market overview
5. Brief history of radio broadcasting
5.1 Timeline 1922 - 2013
6. Related reports
Table 1 Radio advertising revenue trends by metropolitan city 2010 - 2014
Table 2 Estimated metropolitan radio listeners and usage 2009 - 2014
Table 3 Number of commercial and government radio stations 2014
Table 4 Number of commercial radio services by city 2014
Table 5 ARN key financial performance indicators 2012 - 2013
Table 6 Community radio listening numbers 2003 - 2004; 2006; 2008; 2010; 2012 - 2014
Table 7 Macquarie Radio Network key financial performance indicators 2010 - 2014
Table 8 Southern Cross Austereo key financial performance indicators 2010 - 2014
Chart 1 Overview of radio advertising revenue trends by metropolitan city 2007 - 2014
Chart 2 Overview of estimated metropolitan radio listeners 2007 - 2014
Chart 3 Overview of Southern Cross Austereo key financial performance indicators 2009 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Estimated number of radios and listening habits
Exhibit 2 Super Radio Network listing of radio stations 2014
Exhibit 3 Nova at a glance 2014
Exhibit 4 NOVA's full list of radio stations 2014
Exhibit 5 Grant Broadcasters listing of radio stations 2014
Exhibit 6 Austereo national networks

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