Broadcasting regulator TRAI has initiated a consultation process for creation of credible radio audience measurement framework that is conducive, growth-oriented and protects the interests of the stakeholders. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which released a consultation paper on ‘Issues related to Radio Audience Measurement and ratings in India’ said currently, radio ratings in India are conducted by All India Radio (AIR) and a private rating agency. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
“Some stakeholders, especially the private FM Radio operators, have raised concerns about the inadequate coverage and panel size of the radio audience measurement conducted by this private rating agency. They are also concerned about the methodology used for the measurement,” TRAI said in a statement. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
It said that the importance of a credible, transparent and representative radio audience measurement system for generation and publication of radio ratings is recognized world over and FM operators solely depend on advertising for their revenue generation.
“Therefore, there is a need to prescribe a framework for Radio Audience Measurement in India which is conducive, forward looking, growth oriented that protects the interests of the stakeholders,” it said.
The telecom authority, it added, intends to ensure a forward-looking, transparent and credible radio rating framework with a “minimal regulatory intervention” in the radio rating process. Advertisement revenue of the radio broadcasting sector is directly linked to listenership of radio channels. Advertisers and advertising agencies require audience measurement which indicates the popularity of a channel or a program, it added.
“Therefore, there is a need to have an accurate measurement and representative of radio ratings for FM channels or programs,” it said.