Metro commercial ad revenue up 9.3% in 21/22 financial year

Data released today by Commercial Radio Australia shows metropolitan commercial radio ad revenue is returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Advertising revenue for metropolitan commercial radio stations increased 8.8% in the June 2022 quarter, totalling $190.855 million, up from $175.431 million recorded in the same quarter in 2021, according to data compiled by Milton Data and released by industry body Commercial Radio Australia.

The quarter results continued the steady rebound in ad revenue over the last financial year, which saw a 9.3% increase for the 12 months ending June 2022 compared to the same period one year earlier.

  • Melbourne’s revenue was up 12.5% year on year to $63.867 million in the June quarter
  • Perth’s revenues grew by 9.9% to $24.563 million, 
  • Sydney was up 8.2% to $57.509 million
  • Brisbane was up 4.3% to $28.391 million
  • Adelaide was 3.4% higher at $16.525 million.

CRA chief executive officer Ford Ennals said the consistent growth in revenue reflected consumer habits returning to pre-pandemic days resulting in renewed advertiser confidence.  

“Government spend and party political advertising for the election was a contributor to ad revenue growth in April and May, but pleasingly we saw radio ad revenue growth maintained in June post-election after the dust had settled,” he said. 

June monthly results saw the five major Australian capital city markets record a 6.6% rise compared to the same month the previous year. Ad revenue totalled $68.398 million compared to $64.190 million in June 2021. 

Melbourne stations recorded a 14.4% rise compared with June last year, generating $23.122 million in ad revenue. 

Sydney climbed 5.7% to $20.790 million, Perth was up 2.6% to $8.539 million, Brisbane saw some growth with a 0.5% rise recording $10.296 million in ad revenue and Adelaide declined by 1.6% recording $5.650 million.

Mr Ennals also pointed to the huge audience gains in commercial radio audiences making it an increasingly attractive medium for advertisers.

The latest GfK radio survey four which surveys radio audiences from April to June in the major metros, saw commercial radio listening hit a new record number of listeners nationally to 12 million per week, a 7.6% increase in the past year.

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19 Jul 2022 - 5:46 pm

All of this revenue growth will not stop the downsizing and redundancies. It’s becoming more profitable to cut gigs, which is seeing great people leave, and everyone who stays does so on the same wage with more duties than before, with no growth above them anymore.

It’s a sad time friends, never been a time more than now to put yourself first and make sure you aren’t pinned to one industry. Future proofing, now crucial.


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