Tracking the Audience: The Ratings Industry From Analog to Digital

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-04-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In Tracking the Audience: The Ratings Industry From Analog to Digital, author Karen Buzzard examines the key economic, political, and competitive factors that have influenced ratings methods dominant in each of the markets for radio, TV, and the Internet, tracing the practice╣s history from its early beginnings up to its most recent advances. Beginning with the birth of the industry in 1929, Tracking the Audiencetraces the establishment of a standardized ratings "currency" as it evolved to meet the needs of the analog broadcast system, and explores the search for new gold standards necessitated by the devastating effects of the digital revolution. Buzzard examines key challenges to the established system by discussing the movement from traditional sampling methods to new, more transparent measurements. More than a history of the ratings industry itself, it also tracks the evolving business model for the broadcast industry. Tracking the Audience:The Ratings Industry From Analog to Digital shows how the development of conceptual tools designed to measure and package radio, TV, and Internet audiences is the result of a variety of historical factors. With a detailed examination of ratings providers, their methods, and their attempts to adjust to meet new demands a digital age, this volume explains how a standardized broadcast system of audience measurement ratings has evolved, and where it is going in the future.

Author Biography

Karen Buzzard PhD is a professor of media, journalism, and film at Missouri State University and is internationally acclaimed for her seminal scholarship in the area of ratings history and practice. She is the author of several works on the ratings industry and has published in professional journals such as the Journal of Radio Studies and the Journal of Media Economics. Her scholarship has resulted in solicitation by legal scholars, industry professionals, journalists, and business start-ups.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Audience Ratings in the Twenty-First Century: The Digitalization of Media Audiencesp. 1
Analogp. 11
Establishing the Analog Currencies for Network Radio Audiences: The Telephone Recall, the Telephone Coincidental, and the Household Meter Initiativesp. 13
Establishing the Analog Currency for Local Radio and TV Audiences: The Diary Initiativep. 31
Establishing the Analog Currency for Network TV Audiences: The People Meter Initiativep. 50
Digitalp. 65
Establishing the Digital Currency for Local TV Audiences: The Local People Meter Initiativep. 67
Establishing the Digital Currency for Local Radio Audiences: The Portable People Meter Initiativep. 89
Establishing the Digital Currency for Internet Audiences: The Software Meter Initiativep. 106
Exploring New Digital Currencies for TV, Cable, and Internet Audiences: Digital Cable and STB Data Initiativep. 129
Conclusionp. 150
Referencesp. 161
Indexp. 170
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