Mixed signals: Competition will loom, but improved advertising will support modest growth

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators will benefit from higher advertising budgets and technological advancements
  • Broadcasters have adopted the radio data system, further enhancing radio’s capabilities
  • Large companies are more likely than small ones to maintain profitability and stay in business

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Over the past five years, the Radio Broadcasting industry has battled to maintain its relevance and audience due to competition from digital media platforms. IBISWorld expects the industry to decline in the five years to 2016. The economy is projected to grow over the next five years, with aggregate advertising expenditures set to follow. Total advertising expenditure is anticipated to increase over the five years to 2021. The industry is well established within the advertising portfolio and radio's role in advertising will not be eliminated overnight, but it is expected to diminish slowly as companies dedicate more resources to reaching consumers online. However, technological advancements will also help the industry, as satellite and digital radio are already becoming more prevalent...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    While costs to start a station are relatively low, they can vary depending on the type of radio station. Listeners typically are loyal to pre-existing stations and most US markets already benefit from a wide variety of radio content. Many stations, however, broadcast programming that they purchase from a national provider. This syndicated content often helps local stations enter the market and instantly establish a programming schedule that features personalities and shows that local audiences may wish to hear.

    Another barrier to entry is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses required to broadcast radio transmissions. The..

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    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

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
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    Industry Products

    What is the Radio Broadcasting Industry?

    This industry consists of broadcasting stations, networks and syndicates that transmit audio programming through AM, FM and satellite radio channels. The Radio Broadcasting industry excludes operators that function solely online.

    Industry Products
    Top 40
    Adult Contemporary
    Industry Activities
    Operating radio stations
    Operating radio networks
    Transmitting programming to the public, subscribers or affiliates
    Creating entertainment, news, talk, business, religious or other broadcast media content

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total advertising expenditure
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of broadband connections
  • Total vehicle miles

  • Current Performance
  • Struggling operations
  • Industry consolidation
  • Expanding radio’s reach
  • Media competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Consolidation slows
  • Slow growth
  • Spotlight on satellite
  • Table: Radio Broadcasting Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Cable, Internet & Telephone Providers
  • Music Publishing
  • News Syndicates
  • Satellite Telecommunications Providers

  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Classics
  • News/Talk
  • Top 40
  • Country
  • Adult Contemporary
  • Urban
  • Chart: Radio Broadcasting Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 45 to 54
  • Consumers aged 25 to 34
  • Consumers aged 35 to 44
  • Consumers aged 65 and over
  • Consumers aged 55 to 64
  • Consumers aged 18 to 24
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Radio Broadcasting Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Advertising and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Radio Broadcasting

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Sirius XM Radio Inc.iHeartMedia Inc.CBS CorporationCumulus Media Inc.
  • Table: Sirius XM Radio Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: iHeartMedia Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: CBS Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Cumulus Media Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Radio Broadcasting Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Total advertising expenditure (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Digital Radio
  • Digital radio broadcasts that require a digital receiver.
  • Pay-Radio
  • Radio broadcasts that may only be accessed after payment of a subscription fee.
  • Satellite Radio
  • A service that allows radio station operators to broadcast the same program via satellite to stations located over vast geographic areas.
  • Write-Down
  • The act of deliberately reducing the value of an asset in order to reflect its current market value.
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