Nielsen said today it would increase the effective sample size of its PPM panel by 10% across the 48 radio markets measured by the electronic ratings service. The sample increase, to be spread across all markets and demographics, will start in mid-2017, creating a panel with more than 80,000 installed meters. Read more
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What Will Impact Radio In Washington This Year
By Frank Saxe
The clock is ticking on the 115th Congress and if its first half accomplishments are any indication, legislation that would impact radio may struggle to gain traction in the coming months. No issue looms larger for radio than a performance royalty and music copyright reform. But unlike in years past, today the radio and record industries are talking.
There’s more than just a potential performance royalty keeping radio’s lobbyists busy. Washington insiders say that although conventional wisdom says not much gets done in an election year, the best chance of a legislative action impacting radio is passage of a bill that would allow stations to tap into the fund paying for the TV spectrum repack.
The elevation of Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission a year ago has delivered a number of regulatory changes that have long been sought by broadcasters as he’s followed through with his pledge to “take a weed whacker” to FCC regulations. Washington insiders think it’s a course Pai will continue down in 2018.
Cumulus Media relaunched country WKHX-FM Atlanta as “New Country 101 Five” with a focus on the station’s Georgia roots. JJ Kincaid is paired with station stalwart Dallas McCade in mornings and Lucas Phelan joins for afternoons. The rebuilt station kicked off with an hour of music exclusively from Georgia country artists. Read more
Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins, Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott and Patrick Communications Founder and Managing Partner Larry Patrick represented the radio industry at the 17th Annual Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts awards ceremony, held Thursday at New York City’s Gotham Hall. Read more
The Dept. of Justice’s top antitrust official was on Capitol Hill this week and his message to lawmakers was there still has been no decision on whether the old consent decrees governing how radio licenses music from ASCAP and BMI should be modified or killed off. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim said the Antitrust Division is still reviewing comments and talking to music creators and users. Read more
There’s a sobering new forecast from eMarketer about the future of U.S. television advertising spending: It may have reached its apex already. The research firm notes that linear audiences have long been shrinking—and that trend may now be working its way into the realm of TV advertising dollars. Read more
If you were to paint a picture of the typical podcast listener living in a small or medium-sized U.S. city using the just-released Nielsen data, it would be of a 39 year-old white man who works fulltime. “These new ways to listen are expanding radio’s footprint among consumers in medium and small markets—90% of podcast consumers there also use radio,” its latest Audio Today report says. Read more