Radio Stations See Online Growth Increasing at Faster Pace, According To BIA/Kelsey
March 27, 2013 at 4:07 AM (PT)
BIA/Kelsey's Historical And Five-Year Forecast For The Radio Industry Broken Down By Over-The-Air And Online
Radio industry over-the-air revenues inched slightly upwards in 2012, increasing to $14.3 billion, a 1.5% change from the year before, according to the first edition of "Investing In Radio Market Report," a quarterly report published by BIA/KELSEY. That slight change is due in large part to the sluggish overall economy for 2012 and the increased competition radio faces in the local media market. The company also notes that station revenue mix will continue to shift somewhat and income from online advertising is expected to rise at a rate of about 10.8% annually over the next five years versus 2.5% from over-the-air.
For 2013, BIA/KELSEY forecasts over-the-air radio revenues should see 2.3% growth, or $14.7 billion, again due to the slightly stronger economy.
In 2012, online radio ad revenues reached $491 million, representing 3.3% for the industry. Markets such as BOSTON saw 14.2% in online radio revenue with overall numbers rising by 3.6%. BIA/KELSEY forecasts radio's online revenue growth will reach $818 million by 2017, while the industry's combined total revenue will reach $17 billion by 2017.
"As the digital marketplace continues to rise in all sectors of advertising, radio is improving its listener engagement online and benefitting from the value of its web and mobile assets," said VP/Chief Economist MARK FRATRIK. "Overall, the industry is still recognized as an important part of the media mix as it continues to meander around, rising slightly with the rate of inflation but not keeping up with the economy."