Digital Radio ratings: Coles, Buddha and ABC brands most popular

Digital radio ratings, survey 4 2017

Commercial Radio Australia yesterday released the separate audience data from GfK for digital radio (DAB+).

MORE: GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 4 2017 – Highlights + full results

The DAB+ summary report shows the cumulative audience for digital only stations, which is the total number of different (unique) people who listen to a DAB+ only radio station in that market for at least eight minutes (one quarter-hour), in a defined period.

The DAB+ only audiences are still small compared to regular radio broadcasts. The biggest cume audience 10+ in the Sydney market for regular radio broadcasts is Nova with 974,000. However, the biggest DAB+ cume audience 10+ in Sydney is 82,000 listening to Coles Radio.

In Sydney, triple j Unearthed ranks #2 behind Coles with Edge Digital #3. There are 20 DAB+ brands measured in the Sydney survey.

In Melbourne there are 22 DAB+ brands jostling for audience with possibly the brand that spends least on marketing, Double J, ranking #1 with 67,000. The biggest commercial brand is Coles Radio with 54,000.

Smooth is the #1 brand in Perth followed by ABC Grandstand and then Double J.

Coles Radio and Grandstand are ranked the top two in Brisbane.

The Adelaide market favours 90s iHeartRadio followed closely by Buddha and Coles Radio.

Southern Cross Austereo reported its combined digital reach is 425,000 people every week. The company’s digital assets reach 26% of the DAB+ only market.
SCA’s Buddha station has added 30,000 listeners and it branded the #1 non-retail aligned commercial station.

Nova Entertainment reports Coles Radio has 192,000 listeners across four cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, 32,000 more listeners than its closest competitor. Coles Radio is also the most listened-to DAB+ station overall in Sydney with a cume of 82,000 and Brisbane with 38,000, and most listened-to commercial station in Melbourne with 54,000 listeners. Coles Radio was introduced onto DAB+ in Perth on 10 May this year and will be included in the GfK DAB+ Digital Radio Report from Survey 6, 2017.

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