Audience measurement

  1. Business Matters: The Good and Bad of Nielsen's Acquisition of Arbitron

    December 18, 2012 9:30 PM EST Nielsen, the company best known in the music industry for tracking music sales, will soon measure just about every bit of major media Americans consume. Announced Tuesday morning, the $1.26 billion acquisition of Arbitron combines the leader in U. ...

  2. What Does Nielsen's Purchase of Arbitron Mean for Mediabase?

    December 18, 2012 5:30 PM EST One interesting sub-plot to the announcement that Nielsen is purchasing of the radio ratings company Arbitron could involve RCS/Media Monitor's Mediabase service, which monitors the music played on radio stations in cities across the U.S. and ...

  3. Nielsen to Acquire Arbitron for $1.26 Billion

    December 18, 2012 8:45 AM EST Nielsen Holdings announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement to acquire Arbitron Inc., the media measurement company best known for its radio station ratings. Nielsen provides information on everything from music sales to consumer confidence in c ...

  4. Online Radio Audience Jumps 30 Percent in Past Year: Study

    April 10, 2012 4:26 PM EDT A new study conducted by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research entitled "The Infinite Dial 2012: Navigating Digital Platforms" found that the online weekly radio audience is now at an estimated 76 million Americans. The figure represents a m ...

  5. BBC 6 Music Records Highest Ever Listening Figures, Digital Listening Increases

    February 02, 2012 3:53 PM EST The BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music has recorded its highest ever listening figures in the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research) figures, published today (Feb. 2). The music-dedicated station, which the BBC toyed with axi ...

  6. MTV's 2011 VMAs Attract Biggest Audience in Network History

    August 29, 2011 6:08 PM EDT With 12.4 million viewers tuning in, the 2011 Video Music Awards scored MTV's biggest audience in the network's history. MTV released its ratings from Nielsen Media on Monday, celebrating its total audience and its record setting ratings ...

  7. Nielsen: Online Video Viewers Watching Less TV

    June 16, 2011 7:36 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Americans who watch the most video online tend to watch less TV, according to The Nielsen Co., a finding that overturns a longstanding belief that people are watching more programming over all devices. The ratings agency said Wednesd ...

  8. Latin Radio Programmers Trying to Make PPM Its BFF

    April 27, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Ever since Arbitron introduced its new Portable People Meter, or PPM, system of ratings in 2007, radio programmers have struggled to make sense of the new data. At the conference's closing event on Wednesday, "Make PPM Your BFF," it ...

  9. Univision Radio Signs PPM Deal

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish language radio giant Univision radio has finally signed a multi-year contract for Arbitron’s Portable People Meter in some of the nation’s biggest markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Although Univision had subscribed to Arbitron P ...

  10. Arbitron Unveils New PPM

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron is unveiling this week its next generation portable people meter device. Dubbed PPM 360, the new sleeker device allows Arbitron to wirelessly upload listening data, rather than waiting for panelists to return home to dock the meter. Arbit ...

  11. Arbitron Unveils New PPM

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron is unveiling this week its next generation portable people meter device. Dubbed PPM 360, the new sleeker device allows Arbitron to wirelessly upload listening data, rather than waiting for panelists to return home to dock the meter. Arbit ...

  12. Frank Flores Exits Spanish Broadcasting System

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frank Flores, chief revenue officer for Spanish Broadcasting System's radio segment and GM of the company's New York stations La Mega 97. FM and Amor 93.1 FM, has left the company according to published reports. Flores was a vocal critic ...

  13. Arbitron Settles With PPM Coalition

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's travails with minority broadcasters over its portable people meter ratings system may finally be winding down. Following four months of dialog, Arbitron and the PPM Coalition announced the two have "settled their outstanding d ...

  14. SBS Starts Encoding Again

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System began encoding its radio station signals for Arbitron's portable people meter ratings service last Thursday evening (April 8), putting its nine stations back in the ratings. The change of heart followed a meeting w ...

  15. Univision Plugs PPM Back In

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Spanish Broadcasting System has pulled the encoders from Arbitron's portable people meter system, Univision Communications is finally plugging back in. As of 5 a.m. Thursday (April 1), Univision's stations in Miami, San Diego, Phoe ...

  16. SBS Pulls PPM Encoders Again

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System has pulled the encoders from its stations again, leaving its ratings performance in the dark for advertisers. The broadcaster disconnected from Arbitron's portable people meter system soon after a New York Supreme ...

  17. Updated: N.Y. Court Orders SBS to Encode

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish Broadcasting System must continue to encode its signals for Arbitron's portable people meter service in five markets. The ruling came Tuesday (Feb. 16) in the New York Supreme Court for the County of New York, which let stand the temp ...

  18. BBC Radio 2 Told To Reach Older Audience

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A BBC Trust review has concluded that U.K. national AC network Radio 2 needs to be more distinctive and should offer more content for the over-65s. The review found that the station was highly regarded by audiences but should use its scale to be m ...

  19. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  20. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  21. Op-Ed: Instant Replay

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Founder/principal of Hispanic USA, a marketing and communications firm based in Miami. They say if you stick around long enough, you can see history repeat itself. That's exactly the case with the current debate surrounding Arbitron's Po ...

  22. Arbitron Reveals Reason for Skarzynski's Exit

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Arbitron introduced William Kerr, the ratings firm's new president and CEO during a noon conference call (Jan. 12), the company came clean on why Michael Skarzynski was forced to exit. News of Skarzynski's resignation for "violat ...

  23. Latin Briefs: Mega TV, Churchill Media, Eastlan Ratings

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST - Spanish Broadcasting System's Mega TV is launching in Chicago, Dallas, Fresno and Palm Springs, Calif. on Jan. 11. The entertainment channel will be broadcast on Chicago's WOCK Channel 13, Comcast Channel 599 and AT&T U-Verse Chann ...

  24. Arbitron Moves Up Cell-Phone-Only Measurement Increase

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Arbitron has moved up its scheduled date for increasing its cell-phone-only household samples in markets that still use diaries to measure ratings. By spring 2010, Arbitron says 15% of its diary sample will come from households that use a cell pho ...

  25. Congressional Committee To Hold Hearing On PPM

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Arbitron will defend its controversial Portable People Meter ratings measurement service at a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), will "examin ...

  26. Radio Buyers Irate At Metric Change

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Faced with irate radio buyers who were stunned by its change in streaming audio metrics, Ando Media has held a Webcast to do damage control. The sole provider of Internet radio ratings, Ando changed the metrics to those based on session counts. Th ...

  27. N.Y. Accreditation Deadline Looms For Arbitron's PPM

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More fireworks could be in store for Arbitron’s portable people meter service. This Thursday (Oct. 15) is the deadline for Arbitron to get Media Rating Council accreditation for its service in New York or face the possibility of renewed action by ...

  28. The Arch Ends CBS Radio's Dominance In St. Louis

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With a little help from the portable people meter, WARH-FM, Bonneville's Classic Hits station in St. Louis has ended the 40-year ratings dominance by KMOX-AM, the heritage News/Talk station owned by CBS Radio. WARH, known as "The Arch,&q ...

  29. Latin Briefs: Berklee, Telehit, Regional Mexican Radio

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Berklee College of Music and Spanish composers' society SGAE will hold a televised singer-songwriter competition at Mexico City's Lunario auditorium Oct. 7. "Berklee Canta en Español" will feature six competitors (Berklee alum ...

  30. BBC Radio 1 At Nine-Year High

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The last quarter saw U.K. Top 40 network BBC Radio 1 score its highest listening figures for nine years. According to official audience research figures from Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd (RAJAR) covering the three-month period March 30-June 2 ...

  31. Radio Embraces 'Posting' System

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Posting, a practice formerly shunned by the radio industry is finally taking hold. A year after Radio One instituted a scheduling and verification system in Houston, the radio group has decided to roll out posting to the rest of its 52 stations in ...

  32. GAO Joins Crowd Looking Into Arbitron's PPM

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will Arbitron's headache over the rollout of its portable people meter service ever end? The latest regulatory body to scrutinize the PPM service for its affect on minority radio stations is the Government Accountability Office. Earlier this ...

  33. Florida A.G. Files Suit Against Arbitron

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's problems with the rollout of its portable people meter service just won't go away. The Florida Attorney General Tuesday (July 14) filed suit against Arbitron in an attempt to prevent the ratings company from releasing its port ...

  34. AHAA Links Up With MRC

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, a strong critic of Arbitron's portable people meter ratings service, announced Tuesday (July 7) it has joined the Media Rating Council, giving the organization a voice in the accreditation of ...

  35. Univision Refuses to Encode Signals in New PPM Areas

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT What will happen to the Miami radio market when as much as 20 percent of the audience simply disappears from the ratings? That’s the scenario advertisers face July 16 when Arbitron publishes its first portable people meter ratings in Miami, San Di ...

  36. Arbitron To Reissue N.Y. PPM

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron may have handed its critics another argument for why the portable people meter service is not ready for prime time. On Tuesday (May 26), the radio ratings company told its subscribers that the last four months of monthly ratings based on ...

  37. Arbitron 'Welcomes' PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Arbitron welcomes the opportunity to better educate all parties about our Portable People Meter service and its advantages over the diary-based system," said company spokesman Thom Mocarsky. "The FCC Notice of Inquiry will allow us ...

  38. FCC Launches PPM Inquiry

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioners will hold a public inquiry into the commercial use of the PPM technology and "its potential impact on audience ratings of stations that air programming targeted to minority audiences, and consequently, on the financial viabi ...

  39. Radio Panel Debates PPM, Audience Retention Strategies

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Programmers were torn about the benefits of the portable people meter (PPM), during the "Radio Days" panel held April 21 at the Eden Roc Resort as part of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Al Fuentes, PD/host for Spanish BRaodcasting ...

  40. Study: Online Radio Audience Grows To 42 Million Weekly

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is good news in the radio industry: online radio is gaining in popularity. The number of Americans that tune-in weekly to online radio grew to 42 million, up from 33 million in 2008. Stuck in the 11 to 13% range for the past three years, wee ...

  41. Updated: FCC's Adelstein Calls For PPM Inquiry

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein Wednesday morning (April 8) called for a government inquiry into how Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) collects data and affects minority audiences and broadcast stations. "I'm hopeful that t ...

  42. Urban, Hispanic Radio Adapt To PPM

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radio One regional VP Doug Abernathy watched in horror as his once top-rated Houston stations plummeted after the market converted from diary to PPM currency measurement in June 2007. "After 20 years of dominance, it was a hard pill for us to ...

  43. Strong RAJAR Result For Radio 2

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. national AC network BBC Radio 2 has achieved a strong quarterly result according to data released by official research body RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd). The station, which has just appointed Bob Shennan as its new controller, re ...

  44. AHAA Responds To PPM Settlement

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST In response to the agreement reached by attorneys general Andrew Cuomo (New York) and Anne Milgram (New Jersey), the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) said in a statement that it applauds the steps Arbitron took to adopt new stan ...

  45. Arbitron Settles With N.Y., N.J. AGs

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after attorneys general in New York and New Jersey filed lawsuits against Arbitron charging the radio ratings research company with "deceptively claiming that its Portable People Meter system is valid, fair, and representative of ...

  46. AHAA Expresses Frustration With Arbitron

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) chairman José López-Varela has sent a three-page letter to Arbitron VP of national group services/regional manager Rich Tunkel and director of multicultural business affairs Stacie de Armas expre ...

  47. Nielsen Tunes Into Radio Measurement

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Seven months after Cumulus invited qualified vendors to submit proposals to conduct a new audience measurement service in 50 small markets, the radio group has confirmed that the Nielsen Co. has been selected to carry out the task. At the same tim ...

  48. Arbitron Moves PPM Deployment For Nine Markets

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced Tuesday (Nov. 4) that it was moving up the PPM commercialization date for four markets, Kansas City, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. These markets are now scheduled to commercialize with the December 2009 PPM survey r ...

  49. Arbitron Now Suing N.J. AG

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron on Friday afternoon (Oct. 10) announced it has asked the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram to prevent any attempt ...

  50. New Jersey Sues Arbitron Over PPM

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo drew first blood on Friday morning (Oct. 10), when he announced he was suing Arbitron over it Portable People Meter (PPM), accusing Arbitron of deceptively claiming that its portable people meter (PPM) system ...

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