Industry and Market Analysis
Policy Development and Research Sector
This report presents statistical and financial information on the commercial radio industry as provided by licensees in their annual returns for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2010. Section I provides information on the number of new stations that commenced operation in 2010. The reporting units are comprised of commercial radio and commercial licensees holding ethnic radio or religious commercial radio licences. Section II.A provides the summary information for all AM and FM stations. Section II.B provides summary information for AM stations and Section II.C provides the summary information for FM stations. Section II.D includes summary information provided by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for radio stations segregated by AM and FM stations as well as by region.
In total, 654 commercial private radio stations reported operational activity for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2010. In addition, 2 stations held active licences but failed to provide annual return information in accordance with the Broadcast Regulations up to the date of compilation of this report. In the 2009 broadcast year, these 2 stations represented less than .03% of total revenue. No estimates of the operating results of these 2 stations for the 2010 broadcast year have been included in this report. The stations that failed to file are: CJDS-FM and CKOD-FM. In 2010, one station (CIHO-FM) switched from a commercial station to a community station.
In paragraph 22 of Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-159, the Commission indicated that it would release aggregate data on small, medium and large markets on an annual basis in order to provide the broadcasting industry with current and meaningful data on the health of individual radio markets. This report presents statistical and financial summaries on the private commercial radio industry by market for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2010 with comparative information for the four previous years.
Section III provides statistics for the major markets: Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, including a further segregation by AM and FM sub-market. The Montreal market includes an additional breakdown of the French and English distinction for the AM and FM sub-markets. Section IV provides statistics for large markets where the population is greater than 500,000. The markets analysed are: Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton Ottawa-Gatineau, Québec City and Winnipeg. Section V provides statistics for medium markets where the population is in the range between 250,000 and 500,000. The medium markets are comprised of Halifax, Kitchener/Waterloo, London, Ste-Catherines/Niagara, and Victoria. Other medium markets have been aggregated for confidentiality reasons. Finally, Section VI provides statistics for the small markets where the population is under 250,000. Markets are segmented based on population over twelve years of age.
Please note that some markets are deemed confidential based on the number of ultimate owners. Only markets with more than two ultimate owners are released. Also, in cases where there are less than three undertakings, statistics are not provided to preserve the confidentiality of the individual undertakings.
Please note that individual market summaries exclude radio networks, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations and AM stations in markets where confidentiality would be compromised.
Prior years’ financial information has been updated to reflect revisions to data received subsequent to the respective dates of publication.
The Broadcast Financial Analysis group would appreciate being informed of any problems encountered with these statistics. Data in this report is subject to change as the Commission receives additional or revised information.