The commercial radio industry is preparing for the restart of radio ratings next week, with contingency plans in place to manage the placement of diaries in areas affected by lockdowns.
The survey period for Survey 6 will start on July 26 and runs through to September 19, with results to be released on September 29.
“We have been closely monitoring the situation in regards to COVID-19, and there will be modifications to the placement of diaries in the Melbourne licence area to ensure the survey goes ahead as scheduled,” she said.
Research provider GfK has trialled and planned for contactless placement of paper survey diaries in Melbourne. In addition, the proportion of respondents completing an e-diary in that city will be increased from 30% to 40%.
Warner said all metropolitan commercial radio stations have been running an on-air consumer campaign to raise awareness of the ratings ahead of the start of field work.
“The ad informs listeners of the surveys process and reassures them that if they are contacted to participate, it will be done safely and within strict COVID-19 guidelines,” she said.
The official radio surveys were paused in April due to the pandemic, but a special GfK Radio Pulse e-diary survey was released in June to keep the market informed about listening trends.
The survey found that commercial radio audiences had increased strongly compared to Survey 2, with average weekly metro audiences up 7.1% to nearly 12 million people.
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#1 FM station smoothfm 95.3 9.0%
#1 Breakfast 2GB 17.9%
#1 AM station 3AW 13.9%
#1 FM station Gold 104.3 10.7%
#1 Breakfast 3AW 17.3%
#1 AM station 4KQ 7.9%
#1 FM station Hit 105/97.3 10.5%
#1 Breakfast Hit 105 11.8%
#1 AM station Fiveaa 11.3%
#1 FM station Mix 102.3 11.9%
#1 Breakfast Fiveaa 13.9%
#1 AM station 6PR 7.5%
#1 FM station Mix 94.5 12.6%
#1 Breakfast Nova 93.7 13.5%