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Audience information on the networks is made available and is updated on this website.
Radio New Zealand has a statutory requirement to report quantitative and qualitative results against designated Charter obligations.
Information relating to audience figures is made available to the public through this website, in the Radio New Zealand Annual Report (also on this website) and to Parliamentary Select Committees.
Radio New Zealand conducts attitudinal research to measure how its services are perceived by listeners and non-listeners. Latest results show:
Source: Radio New Zealand Value Indices Research carried out by Colmar Brunton Research among the general public. (Telephone survey conducted among randomly selected respondents in March - April 2013. The survey was fully nationwide with a sample of 1003 people aged 15 years and over.)
Radio New Zealand continues to meet the expectations of listeners, presenting programmes that highlight who we are and what interests us as a nation.
Source: Radio New Zealand Listener Survey, 2011/2012 Financial Year (Nielsen)
Results from radio audience surveying carried out by Nielsen for Full Year Quarter 1 2013 are shown below. These results relate to listening in New Zealand by people aged 15 years and over, who are randomly selected nationwide.
Definitions: - Cumulative audience is the number of different listeners to a station over a week. Station share is the percentage of all radio listening that is done to a station over a week; it takes into account the number of people listenng and how long they listen.
[Source: The All New Zealand Radio Survey, Nielsen, Full Year Quarter 1 2013, among people aged 15+ nationwide, Monday to Sunday, 12 midnight to 12 midnight.]
The sample size for the survey period is 4,397 people.
See FAQ (below) on how the radio surveying is conducted for Radio New Zealand, and the ways in which it differs from the commercial radio surveys.
While live streaming through the website is captured in the normal 40 week surveys, time-shifted listening such as audio-on-demand or podcasting is not.
Time-shifted listening therefore represents additional listening, above and beyond the live audience figures shown above. Time-shifted listening reaches new audiences for Radio New Zealand, such as New Zealanders living overseas.
Since the launch of the current version of the Radio New Zealand website there has been huge growth in website listening.
Weekly cumulative audience figures for particular programmes on Radio New Zealand National are shown below, and relate to 'live' broadcast listening of people aged 15 years and over. (The figures relate to the Full Year Quarter 1 2013 period).
Station shares for these programmes in their time periods are shown below. For example, Morning Report, which is broadcast Monday to Friday between 6am and 9am, has a station share of 13.6%.
Radio New Zealand Concert's Classic Morning has a cume audience of 53,000 and Cadenza has 42,000 listeners. The Works and Composer of the Week have 41,000 listeners and 38,000 listeners respectively.
Definitions: - 'Cumulative audience' is the number of different listeners to a programme over a week. 'Station share' is the percentage of all radio listening that is done during a particular programme time; it takes into account the number of people listening and how long they listen. These audience figures relate to live listening.
[Source: The All New Zealand Radio Survey, Nielsen, Full Year Quarter 1 2013, among people aged 15+ nationwide. The sample size for this period was 4,397 people.]
Of all radio stations in New Zealand, Radio New Zealand National's station share of 10.6% makes it Number One nationwide. Its cumulative audience of 492,000 listeners makes it second among all stations in New Zealand (among people 15+) for audience size.
Of all stations in New Zealand, Radio New Zealand Concert is 14th equal in terms of the its station share and is 15th for cumulative audience size.
[Source: The All New Zealand Radio Survey, Nielsen, Full Year Quarter 1 2013. The surveying is completely nationwide, and includes small towns and rural areas. People are randomly selected. The sample size is 4,397 respondents aged 15 years and over.]
It is important for Radio New Zealand to know how many people are listening to its networks and how well they think Radio New Zealand performs against its Charter.
Radio New Zealand is a tax-payer funded public service broadcaster established under the Radio New Zealand Act. Radio New Zealand’s Charter clearly defines the objectives to be achieved and services to be provided by the broadcaster. For example in Section 2 of the Charter the company is required to commission surveys to establish whether audiences consider that the quality and quantity of these services is being maintained.
Radio New Zealand meets its statutory obligation by conducting audience research among both its own audience and also among people who are not current listeners.
Radio New Zealand commissions an independent research company Nielsen to undertake audience research on its behalf. Nielsen is known worldwide for its media measurement (including radio, TV, print, online).
The radio survey it conducts for Radio New Zealand is called The All New Zealand Radio Survey because it is conducted throughout the country, including remote rural areas.
The All New Zealand Radio Survey runs for 40 weeks of the year between February and November and approximately 4000 people take part during that time. The people surveyed reflect the population distribution based on the latest Department of Statistics information.
Respondents complete a Radio Diary in which they record their radio listening in any given quarter hour over the period of a week. They are also asked demographic questions and other questions about their media habits.
In addition, after respondents have completed their radio listening diaries, Radio New Zealand National listeners and Radio New Zealand Concert listeners are asked to fill in a separate questionnaire about these stations.
Much of the resulting information appears in Radio New Zealand’s Annual Report (available on the right hand side of this page).
Radio New Zealand ceased to be part of the Research International commercial radio survey in 1999 because the survey did not meet all its requirements as a national broadcaster. Since then Radio New Zealand has commissioned its own audience research.Nielsen won the tender in 2007.
Radio New Zealand designs and creates its own qualitative and quantitative survey questions to meet the very specific statutory requirements outlined in the Radio New Zealand Charter.
The commercial radio industry continues to gather information about Radio New Zealand but excludes that audience data from published survey information.
Yes, Radio New Zealand can measure how it performs against other radio across the country. In the same way, commercial radio stations can measure exactly how they compare with Radio New Zealand in their own markets.
There are significant differences between the commercial radio surveys and the Radio New Zealand radio survey. These differences reflect the differing requirements of the two commissioning bodies.
The commercial radio industry excludes Radio New Zealand audience data from published survey information because Radio New Zealand networks are non-commercial and their listeners are not considered part of the market available to potential advertisers.
There are similarities in the way the commercial radio industry and Radio New Zealand collect information. For example both use Radio Diaries based on quarter hour time segments to collect listening behaviour.
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