Metropolitan commercial radio stations reported modest growth in advertising revenue of 0.85% in the month of January 2017 to a total of $50.551 million, according to figures sourced by Deloitte and released by Commercial Radio Australia.
The figures follow growth of 6.75% in the month of December, for total annual growth of 4.04% to $779.960 million for calendar year 2016.
“Radio achieved a fourth successive year of advertising revenue growth last calendar year, and though there has been a slower start to 2017, the industry has been remarkably resilient,” said Joan Warner, chief executive officer of CRA.
The Sydney market increased ad revenue by 0.67% to $15.359 million in the month of January, but Melbourne was 0.02% lower to $15.446 million. Brisbane increased by 9.93% to $8.366 million, while Adelaide declined 9.61% to $4.287 million and Perth was 0.37% higher to $7.092 million.
The Deloitte figures report actual revenue received by metropolitan commercial radio stations and include all metropolitan agency and direct revenue.
For the seven months of the financial year to date, total ad revenue was 1.12% higher to $445.868 million compared to the same period a year ago.
The Sydney market was up 1.77% to $137.273 million for the financial year to date and Melbourne was up 1.91% to $137.258 million. Brisbane rose 3.01% to $70.693 million, Perth was slightly up 0.10% to $61.220 million and Adelaide was 5.21% lower to $39.424 million.
The industry plans to introduce a number of initiatives this year as it continues to evolve to meet the needs of listeners and clients.
It has announced a move to an automated holdings system to be rolled out in 2017 to make radio ads easier to buy. It also plans further enhancements to its industry-wide streaming app, called RadioApp, which was launched in late 2016, to ensure radio remains easily accessible to listeners on multiple platforms.
“Radio has been a reliable performer over many years and we expect that trend to continue due to our consistency in attracting audiences,” Ms Warner said.
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