Radio
UK

Although being one of the oldest media, radio continues to experience a positive momentum in many countries, and is showing resilience despite the surge of online. Radio, which is a predominantly a live linear broadcast flow of curated music and speech, also represents an important part of the growing audio market, which comprises on-demand music streaming services (such as Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer), podcasts and audiobooks. Innovations in audio, such as personalized digital audio advertising, the rise of voice AI assistants like Alexa, Siri or Google Home are providing opportunities for new entrants as well as incumbent radio networks. Historically, the radio industry has developed differently in all regions of the world. In the USA and Latin America, radio is essentially commercial. In Europe, public radio broadcasters capture in most countries the lion’s share of available resources and audience. Until today, streaming audio and radio have evolved in parallele worlds, but the same trend already observed in the TV industry, coping with the SVOD emergence, could also disrupt the radio industry, as shown through the example of Spotify, which added radio news in music playlists, as well as a large choice of podcasts and shows.

The radio market in UK

The UK radio market remains resilient and is one the most important in Europe, with revenues reaching €1.5 billion in 2019. It is characterized the strong position of the BBC radio in audience share and the growing concentration of the commercial market, now dominated by Global, which is also active in Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising, Bauer Media UK, the German media giant, and Wireless Group. Concerning Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB/DAB+), the population coverage now reaches around 99%. Finally, digital radio advertising revenues, which combine both website and podcast revenues, have become more and more important in the total revenues of radio groups in recent years. Digital radio revenues have reached 12% of the total radio advertising revenues in the UK in 2020.

Population: 66.87M
Population density: 274.48/KM2
Number of households: 28.57M
Average households size: 2.34
Surface area: 243610 KM2
  • Share of advertising expenditures : radio versus other media (TV, print, OOH)

  • Total et income of big, small & medium public and commercial radio networks

  • FM & DAB infrastructure service providers : revenues & share of total market

  • Country market forecasts from 2020 to 2025, taking into account the impact of COVID-19

  • Regional benchmarking: by country and by actor, per capita revenues

  • Updated in 2020 for YE 2019 with 6-year historical data

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