MEBC 2013: Radio rocks in South India - Deloitte Report

BENGALURU: The Digital March-Media and Entertainment in South India, a Deloitte-FICCI report was released at FICCI-MEBC 2013 in Bangalore.


The report says that the radio industry in India enjoys greater acceptance in the South than in the rest of the country and thus stands out amongst its peers. This is indicated by relatively higher average radio listenership in cities like Bengaluru where people spend about 20 hours /week on radio while those in Delhi and Mumbai spend 13-14 hours/week.


Radio has become an integral part of the entertainment industry in South India and thus has been used as a tool for promotions like film and TV. The film industry in Tamil Nadu (TN) has tied up with various radio stations with an aim to keep the listeners abreast with the music premiers and activities related to the film. Not just the filmmakers but also the broadcasters use this medium as propping up their new shows says the report.


It also says that the South Indian Media and Entertainment (SIM&E) industry is slated to grow from its current estimated size for FY-2013 of Rs 23,900 to Rs 43,600 crore in FY-2013 at an CAGR of 16 per cent.


Radio, which stands third behind new media and television in terms of growth, will rise at a CAGR of 19 per cent in the four southern states of TN, Andhra Pradesh (AP), Karnataka and Kerala, from an estimated present size of Rs 420 to Rs.830 crore by FY-2017.


The report also goes on to say that the national and local advertisers are increasingly realizing the importance of radio.

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