British Columbia radio listeners, especially in the Lower Mainland, are continuing to abandon tiring talk in favor of musical melodies.
The latest BBM radio station ratings, from Nov. 25 to Feb 23, show CHQM (103.5 FM) scored top ratings in the Vancouver area …capturing a 13.1 share, UP from 11.3 share last Fall, and UP from its 10.7 share during the Summer.
(“Share” refers to the percentage of those listening to radio who are tuned in to that particular station.)
Top shares or ratings, of course, command top adverting dollars so this steady rank of Number One could mean MILLIONS for CHQM.
In second place, CBU-AM, with a 12.6 share in the latest figures … also UP from 11.1 last Fall and 9.6 last Summer.
Third, and still dropping, is CKNW: it’s Nov.-Feb. ratings share was 8.1, down from 8.8 Last Fall, which was down from 9.4 last Summer and way down from 10.5 in the Spring of 2013.
The NW numbers are particularly significant, when you consider the station was once the undisputable Top Dog year after year, capturing a 13.8 ratings share in Dec. 2009.
And according to a Bell Media analysis, it’s even worse for NW now in Breakfast Broadcasts (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) when Philip Till and Bill Good are on the air. In top spot at that time is The Beat 94.5 FM with a 12.6% share; followed by QM 103.5 FM at 12.4% …with NW trailing way back in TENTH place, with only a 4.3% ratings share.
If there’s ANY good news for NW, it’s that those who do listen …stay listening longer: the CBC leads that group with an average listener tuning in for 7.6 hours a week; while NW is in second at 6 hour per week.
(If you want to see more station rankings, the best sites for this data and all kinds of media coverage are www.pugetsoundradio.com and www.radiowest.ca …fun reads for anyone interested in BC media coming and goings.)
Other figures posted by the BBM ratings service are also VERY interesting …and even a bit intriguing.
Looking at the “Daily Cumes” … the cumulative number of people tuning into each station each day, even for a few minutes … QM also leads the pack … with 2,335,000 hits; followed by CFBTFM (the Beat) with 1,932,00 visits; and CKLG (Jack FM) at 1,779.000 dial-ins.
CKNW was WAY DOWN, at only 640,000 listeners tuning in at all …. 15th (that’s FIFTEENTH!!) on the Daily Cume ratings scale.
But, as I said, some radio pros say the Daily Cumes aren’t as significant as they may look, because they measure “station stops”, even if that’s only for a few seconds.
They believe a better measure is the one I cited earlier: HOW LONG people stay listening … ie exposed to advertisements … so although a station like NW might have fewer listeners, they stay longer, and thus still look attractive to some advertisers.
However, I’ve never met a broadcast executive, who’s station was once Number ONE, boasting that it was now Number THREE or Number FIFTEEN!
The times are indeed changing … and quite clearly, so are British Columbians’ listening habits, when their previously favorite stations do not.
(Please note: my computer will be down Monday, so any Comments won’t be posted till Tuesday and days following. Hope that doesn’t affect MY ratings!
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Freedom of the press is a sacred belief I have held, supported and practiced with great fervour for as long as I’ve been able to write, report and express myself.
But along the way, I have unfortunately learned not all “journalists” are as they should be: some are government plants; others just propagandists; or even undercover spies. Especially in dictatorships, corrupt elected regimes and less than honest supposed democracies.
And frankly, when these louts are exposed, I believe their dishonesty compromises and sullies our craft and damages real journalists’ credibility so badly, they should be dealt with harshly under the law.
Which brings me to Al Jazeera and its four staffers who are incarcerated in Egypt … three of them being tried at this time. Frankly, if they are guilty of any charges, such as membership in any illegal group, terrorist acts, or fomenting dissent and rebellion, I would support aqctions against them.
They have been detained in custody since Dec. 29 … and I have seen NO EVIDENCE of criminal wrongdoing against ANY of them presented by the military dictators now in charge of Egypt.
If the government of Egypt has any EVIDENCE against them … other than that they INTERVIEWED Muslim Brotherhood members/leaders or just did stories SYMPATHETIC to anti-military protestors … the government should have let the world see it WELL BEFORE NOW.
From everything I’ve seen reported, I believe they were just doing their jobs as journalists …maybe not well or fairly … but based on the facts so far known, they should never have been charged criminally.
However that does not make Al Jazeera itself as innocent or its journalists as honest or unbiased as they claim to be to their world-wide viewers.
Unlike many of those rising to their defence with placards and protests, I watch them every day, along with BBC World, Canadian and US news channels: I am a self-confessed news junkie.
If you want to understand how Al Jazeera “reports”, draw concentric circles of different sizes on a world map, emanating from Qatar.
Qatar is an Arab Emirate dictatorship run by an absolute monarch. They have a “semi-elected” assembly that has “limited” rights to propose and pass laws …. but the Amir has final say on ANYTHING passed. (Stephen Harper, eat your heart out!)
Al Jazeera is based in Qatar, funded by the government of Qatar and, in my view, certainly never deviates from the official Qatari line … especially the closer their coverage gets to the kingdom.
So I find them quite good covering issues and features in South America, the U.S., the Antarctic, Australia, China, Africa and Europe. But the closer the stories get to Qatar … especially the Middle East … the producers, on-air personalities and journalists sure seem to know where their pita is pattied.
However, well before Al Jazeera’s staff were detained, it sure seemed to me the network supported the Muslim Brotherhood … first against Mubarak, then in office: their coverage of demonstrations and disputes was, in my view, clearly one-sided … ignoring, excusing or downplaying nasty little things like Morsi’s changing of the Constitution giving himself almost dictatorial powers, removing democratic rights, moving against his opponents, almost ignoring the intimidation of Christians, including the burning of churches etc.
And Al Jazeera’s coverage of those business groups. opposition movements or protestors and others suffering under Morsi was “scant” to put it mildly. Almost dismissive.
So I was not at all surprised when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates ALL pulled their ambassadors from Qatar … accusing it of actively supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamists.
And don’t get me started on their one-sided “coverage” of Israeli or the Palestinian issue!
Should anyone be deluded into thinking the network is only supporting democratic principles, self-determination for all peoples … take a look at how they cover their own Qatar dictatorship.
Several months ago, the King, 61, who had deposed his own father in 1995, announced his plans to retire … and voluntarily turn his throne over ….to his son. (Surprise! We don’t need no stinking elections in Qatar to choose the Leader!) But the funniest part of all … was watching Al Jazeera presenters gushing over what a great choice of the dictator made … his son! As they pointed out … he’s sophisticated and well educated too!
Al Jazeera IS better than what you might expect from a network based and funded in an Arab dictatorship … especially in those outer concentric circles.
But with what I perceive as journalistic integrity inversely proportional to proximity to Qatar (and its foreign policy goals) their coverage of Egypt was neither fair nor balanced, in my view.
In fact, if you watch their “coverage” of the trial of their own accused staff, it hourly dishes out the same mantra: they have been detained; they have been accused; the trial is taking place; and Al Jazeera totally rejects the charges. But try to find any coverage of any EVIDENCE of what the prosecution has produced in Court …and you’d best look elsewhere.
However, in an undemocratic country like Egypt, I believe the best solution to unfair or biased reporting by foreign press … even if provable … would be to throw them out of the country … not imprison them under trumped up charges.
But maybe, just maybe, the trial WILL yield evidence of complicity and illegal acts.
I hope not … but with Al Jazeera, I’m not so sure.
(P.S. I came across two interesting articles AFTER I wrote MY OWN impressions above … VERY interesting reads: http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=3&x_outlet=258&x_article=2667 and also http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/02/10/is-al-jazeera-innocent-in-egypt-dispute/ )
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