Radio Broadcasting in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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Online radio will shrink demand, but improved advertising will support growth. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Radio Broadcasting industry in its growing industry report collection.

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A boost in advertising budgets will benefit operators, but the internet will threaten growth.

The Radio Broadcasting industry is struggling to retain its relevance and audience due to competition from digital media. In particular, the industry suffers due to its limited interaction with listeners and heavy reliance on advertising. Prior to the recession, radio stations benefited from being a long-standing part of advertising budgets. When the recession took hold in 2008, companies in many sectors slashed advertising budgets and continued lowering them through 2010. Radio advertising was hit particularly hard as companies focused more on maintaining a TV presence and growing their footprint online. As a result, IBISWorld estimates that Radio Broadcasting industry revenue will decline at an average annual rate of 2.5% to $17.3 billion in the five years to 2013, despite an estimated increase of 1.0% in 2013.

The decline in radio advertising led many radio stations to write down losses in assets. It also forced many broadcasters to restructure operations to minimize losses. To make matters worse, competition from other media outlets has increased, especially with streaming media development and the increasing capacity of portable MP3 players. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst James Crompton, “With competition also cannibalizing some revenue, the costs of restructuring pulled the average industry profit margin down in 2013.”

The economy is projected to recover over the five years to 2018, with advertising budgets set to follow. The industry is well established within many companies' media mixes. “Radio's role will not be eliminated overnight, but will instead diminish slowly as companies dedicate more resources to reaching consumers online,” says Crompton. However, technology advancements will help the industry: satellite and digital radio have already become more prevalent. These formats offer consumers high-quality audio and a wider music selection that is comparable to other digital music formats. Nonetheless, new regulations may force radio broadcasters to pay performers higher royalties for playing their music. If this performance tax is enacted, it will lead to further industry restructuring. Consequently, IBISWorld forecasts revenue will grow in the five years to 2018.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Radio Broadcasting in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Radio Broadcasting 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 Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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