Strong results for radio advertising

The latest Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report has shown that in the first six months of 2017, UK advertising expenditure grew 3.7% to £10.8 billion, the highest H1 total of any year since monitoring began in 1982.

Total radio revenue grew 11.1% year on year in Q2 2017, in what was generally a tough quarter for traditional media, and was 5.2% higher in the first half of 2017 than the first half of 2016. This has led to an upgraded forecast for 2017 of 3.1% of growth which indicates annual spend in excess of £22 billion.

The Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report is the definitive measure of advertising activity in the UK. It is the only source that uses advertising expenditure gathered from across the media landscape, rather than relying on estimated or modelled data.

Siobhan Kenny, CEO of Radiocentre said: “Radio’s ad spend in Q2 2017 is nothing short of exceptional. The steady growth in our sector is no flash in the pan, radio has been performing consistently well over recent years, showing the perennial appeal of our medium despite the overwhelming preoccupation with digital platforms. It is encouraging to see radio ad spending showing such resilience, as part of an exceptional set of figures overall.”


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