Turning the dial: The popularity of online and cloud-based platforms constrains revenue growth

The Radio Broadcasting industry's performance has been fairly subdued over the past five years, due to rising competition from a range of alternative media platforms, particularly online and cloud-based. The introduction of digital radio was expected to be a new growth avenue for the industry, but this medium has struggled to expand in an environment where portable computing and rising internet accessibility have been significantly influencing consumers' entertainment choices. The prevalence and accessibility of smartphones and tablets have prompted growth in podcasts that can be listened to at any time, and growth in audio streaming services through websites and applications such as Pandora, Spotify and SoundCloud...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The rising popularity of audio streaming services has intensified competition
  • Competition has forced some smaller and less profitable community radio broadcasters to exit
  • Competition from all forms of digital media is projected to affect the industry’s performance
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Radio Broadcasting industry has grown sluggishly over the past five years. Strong competition from alternative media and music streaming platforms has constrained revenue growth for commercial radio networks, as these firms compete to gain advertising revenue. Public broadcasters receive most of their revenue directly from government funding, so major budget changes have affected industry operators over the five-year period. Community radio stations, which often rely on sponsorships, donations and grants, have shifted towards more cost-effective digital streaming services over the period, which has also constrained revenue growth. Overall, industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to $1.7 billion...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Radio Broadcasting Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Radio Broadcasting Industry are

  • Access to niche markets
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Level of competition existing in the market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from media buying agencies and Number of motor vehicles in the Radio Broadcasting industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Radio Broadcasting Industry?

    Industry companies broadcast audio signals to transmit aerial programming. Broadcasters include commercial, community and public operations. Firms that broadcast content exclusively on the internet are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Metropolitan commercial radio broadcasts
  • Regional commercial radio broadcasts
  • Community radio broadcasts
  • Public radio broadcasts
  • Industry Activities
  • Radio network operation (including satellite radio)
  • Radio station operation
  • Live content production for radio
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from media buying agencies
  • Number of motor vehicles
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Mobile telecommunications density

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability and consolidation
  • Alternative

    streaming platforms

  • Radio’s resilience
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Technological opportunities

    and challenges

  • Regulatory changes
  • Table: Radio Broadcasting Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Radio Broadcasting Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Media Buying Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Central Government Administration
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Creative Arts
  • Sound Recording Studios

  • Products & Services
  • Metropolitan commercial radio broadcasts
  • Regional commercial radio broadcasts
  • Public radio broadcasts
  • Community radio broadcasts
  • Chart: Radio Broadcasting Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Advertisers
  • Governments
  • Businesses and consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Radio Broadcasting Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Radio Broadcasting

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Radio Broadcasting Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Southern Cross Media Group Limited, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, HT&E Limited, Nova Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd, Macquarie Media Limited,
  • Table: Southern Cross Media Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Australian Broadcasting Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: HT&E Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Nova Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Macquarie Media Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Radio Broadcasting Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Radio Broadcasting Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Digital Radio
  • Radio broadcasts that require a digital receiver.
  • Drive Time
  • The times during the day when radio audience numbers are at their peak, which is usually when people drive to and from work.
  • Podcast
  • Digital audio or video files made available for online download.
  • Satellite Radio
  • A service that enables radio operators to broadcast a radio program across a wider geographic area than terrestrial radio stations.
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