Thursday, October 15, 2009

Radio Continues To Reach A Large Audience

Radio continues to attract a large spectrum of listeners in Peninsular Malaysia, with nine in 10 people aged 10 years and above tuning in every week, according to the latest Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) Malaysia study by The Nielsen Company.

Conducted twice a year, Nielsen RAM Malaysia studies the demographic profile, listening preferences and product consumption of people in Peninsular Malaysia. It provides valuable insights for advertisers to reach their target audience more effectively. The study is based on individual quarter hour diaries completed by a representative sample of 3,000 individuals in Peninsular Malaysia. The most recent survey – Sweep 1, 2009 – was conducted from 2 to 15 March 2009.

Commenting on the latest survey results, Dato' Borhanuddin Osman, President of Commercial Radio Malaysia (CRM) said, "Commercial radio has performed well in 2009 in terms of maintaining a large audience base and providing listeners with more channels and hence greater choice". He added, "During such tough times, radio has not only managed to attract more advertising dollars but has also increased its share of advertising to an all-time high of 5.7 percent".

According to the latest Nielsen survey, radio attracts 12 percent (1.97 million) of people in any given 15 minute time slot throughout the day and an average radio listener tunes in for 22 hours a week (see Table 2).

Among the Malay channels, ERA maintains its top position, reaching 24.3 percent of people or 3.98 million listeners. Now occupying second position, SINAR registers an increase in reach to hit 23.3 percent (3.82 million) in the most recent study, hotfm takes third position with 3.78 million in weekly reach. Klasik Nasional garnered 7.2 percent (1.19 million) listeners, while Muzikfm claimed the ninth spot with its reach of 5.3 percent (874,000) listeners. In twelfth and thirteenth spots are Suria fm and IKIM. (see Table 3).

The top Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) regional channels are KELANTANfm with 4.7 percent reach and KEDAHfm with 4.3 percent reach. These two regional channels ranked in eleventh and fourteen respectively in the overall rankings.

Leading the way among Chinese stations are MY FM and 988, with their 13.2 percent and 9.0 percent reach. They are trailed by aifm at 3.5 percent one FM, the newest Chinese channel broadcasted over the airwaves, debuts with 279,000 weekly listeners. maintains the top spot among English channels by reaching out to 1.29 million (7.8 percent), while Fly moves up the rankings to occupy second position, with an increase in weekly listeners to 800,000. Trailing behind is LiteFM (467,000), MIX fm (437,000), and TraXXfm (106,000).

While the Tamil channel, minnalfm enjoys a weekly listenership of 617,000, the two bi-lingual channels THR Raaga/THR Gegar and red104.9 drew 3.18 million (19.4 percent) and 153,000 (0.9 percent) weekly listeners respectively.

Meanwhile, advertising spending on radio in the period January to March 2009 registered an impressive growth of 9.2 percent to RM66.8 million – outperforming the total advertising market (excluding classified ads) which has taken a slight dip of 1.0 percent against the same period last year. The growth in radio advertising spending is driven by increased spending by fast food centre, tourism authority, electrical retail, healthfood drink, dairy kids growing up milk and pharmacy/medical supplies categories (see Table 4).

As a result, radio’s share of total advertising (excluding classified ads) in Malaysia recorded 5.7 percent which is the highest share for the first quarter recorded over the last 10 years and also achieved a tremendous growth of 241 percent in advertising spending compared to the corresponding period in 2000 (see Table 4 and Chart 1).

Andrea Douglas, Executive Director for Media, The Nielsen Company, Malaysia, commented “The radio industry has done well in the first quarter of this year. Indeed, this is an impressive achievement considering the difficult economic situation the whole world is experiencing. While the other media have experienced a real slowdown in advertising spending, the nine percent growth in total advertising for radio is impressive”.

About The Nielsen Company
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