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News 19 Apr 2021 - 2 min read

Commercial radio ad revenue recovering from Covid falls

By Sam Buckingham-Jones - Senior Writer

Advertising market conditions for Australia's metropolitan commercial radio stations are improving, with revenue for the March quarter of 2021 at $153.42 million - only 3.76 per cent below the same time last year. But nine months into the financial year, overall commercial radio revenue is still down more than 14 per cent. 

What you need to know: 

  • Metropolitan commercial radio ad revenues are continuing to improve after sizeable Covid declines
  • Victoria, Australia's largest radio market, fell just 0.12 per cent year-on-year to $52.16m. 
  • In the 2020/21 financial year so far, metropolitan ad revenue is down 14.48 per cent - at $452.35m.  

“The figures are moving in the right direction and we’re hopeful momentum will build through the year as small business confidence grows and we see them coming back into the market and utilising the reach of radio."

Joan Warner, CRA CEO

Radio advertising has continued to improve after a difficult year with Covid, but revenue is still below the same time in 2020, new figures from Commercial Radio Australia reveal. 

Metropolitan advertising revenue reached $153.42 million in the March 2021 quarter, a decline of 3.76 per cent on the same period a year ago. 

Around the country: 

  • Victoria: $52.16m, a fall of 0.12 per cent.
  • New South Wales: $44.96m, a fall of 5.06 per cent. 
  • Queensland: $23.02m, a fall of 9.10 per cent. 
  • Western Australia: $19.75m, a fall of 0.34 per cent
  • South Australia: $13.53m, a fall of 7.87 per cent. 

The figures, compiled by Deloitte, include revenue received by metropolitan commercial stations and include agency and direct ad revenue. 

For the nine months of the financial year to date, metropolitan ad revenue was down 14.48 per cent to $452.35m. 

“The figures are moving in the right direction and we’re hopeful momentum will build through the year as small business confidence grows and we see them coming back into the market and utilising the reach of radio,” said CRA chief executive officer Joan Warner.

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