The spaces and places of audience research in Australian television

Davies, Christopher R. L. & Sternberg, Jason S. (2007) The spaces and places of audience research in Australian television. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources.


The history of TV ratings and developments in audience measurement has been well documented in Australia, but little attention has been paid to TV networks' use of ratings in their decision-making processes. This paper examines changes to the structure of the TV ratings industry since 2000, when ATR/OzTAM replaced ACNielsen as the official provider. It also examines the changing functions of audience research by Australian television broadcasters, highlighting three trends. Increased efficiency in ratings provision has made commercial broadcasters more reactive and conservative in programming decisions. At the same time, however, the increasing sophistication of ratings data enables broadcasters to strategically reposition themselves in response to the changing media environment. Market fragmentation has seen increasing importance placed on commissioned and in-house research in a shift away from mass audience capture to establishing and maintaining an audience bond.

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ID Code: 10470
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1329-878X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 University of Queensland
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 06:24

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