Arbitron Portable People Meter System Selected for Groundbreaking Meter Panel for Radio and Television in the United Kingdom.NEW YORK New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of -- RAJAR RAJAR Radio Joint Audience Research (formerly JICRAR in the UK) Confirms Arbitron PPM System as the Electronic Measurement Solution for 2007 Following Extensive Testing Against both Media Audit/IPSOS Smart Phone and MRI/Eurisko Audiometers
Arbitron Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : ARB) announced today that RAJAR, the industry radio ratings consortium in the United Kingdom, has selected the Arbitron Portable People Meter The Portable People Meter (sometimes mistakenly "Personal People Meter") or PPM, is a device developed by Arbitron to measure how many people are listening (or at least exposed) to individual radio stations and television stations, including cable TV. (PPM(SM)) system for an electronic radio and television audience measurement panel in London, a market of more than six million persons.
The contract for the PPM measurement panel in London was awarded to TNS TNS
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TNS has been awarded a two-year contract to operate a PPM Panel that will deliver weekly data for more than 50 national and local radio stations and television channels across four platforms: Analogue, Digital Radio, Digital television and the Internet. This panel will operate in parallel to the current ratings system in the United Kingdom, preparing the way for a full electronic system for radio. Data from the two-year panel is to be analyzed separately and will not be integrated into the main currency.
In a groundbreaking move, RAJAR is combining resources with BARB, the official U.K. television measurement body, in commissioning the panel. As a result, both television viewing and radio listening will be measured by the PPM system.
"The RAJAR evaluation was the most thorough, rigorous and professional evaluation of an electronic measurement system that has ever been conducted anywhere in the world," said Steve Morris Steve 'Slippery' Morris was an Australian rugby League footballer.
A halfback, Morris played for the Dapto club. In the 1978 season he gained selection in the New South Wales Country Rugby League side and was then chosen to represent Australia, making Morris the last player , president and chief executive officer, Arbitron Inc. "While we are flattered to be chosen, we worked hard to make the PPM the most advanced and capable audience measurement system anywhere.
"When the Portable People Meter is compared, in a fair and objective manner, to the best that other companies have to offer, our system is the one that broadcasters, agencies and advertisers have selected. To date our portable electronic measurement technology has been accepted over a number of competing systems as a radio, television or multimedia ratings system in seven countries," said Mr. Morris. "No other provider anywhere in the world can say the same."
"This announcement enhances the position of the Arbitron PPM system as the most widely used personal and portable audience measurement system in the world," said Brad Bedford, vice president, International Sales and Marketing, Arbitron. "We are looking forward to continuing our close relationship with TNS as the U.K. moves forward in their transition to electronic measurement."
The additional countries that have embraced PPM technology for media measurement include:
--Singapore (television encoding See encode. since 2000)
--Belgium (radio and television marketing panel since 2003)
--Canada (television ratings Television ratings may refer to:
--Kenya (radio and television ratings announced in 2005)
--Norway (radio ratings announced in 2005)
--Kazakhstan (television ratings announced in 2006)
The RAJAR evaluation program in summary
The U.K. radio ratings consortium has been conducting a thorough test program of four different electronic meters for radio since 2002.
RAJAR selects Arbitron PPM system for electronic radio and television audience measurement panel in London.
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Meters tested: Eurisko Media Monitor
Meters tested: Eurisko Media Monitor and Media Audit/IPSOS "Smart Cell Phone"
--Further laboratory tests on the Eurisko Media Monitor. System cleared for national field test.
--Initial laboratory tests Media Audit/IPSOS "Smart Cell Phone" meter.
MAY 2005-OCTOBER 2005
Meter tested: Arbitron PPM
--Two national fieldwork field·work
1. A temporary military fortification erected in the field.
2. Work done or firsthand observations made in the field as opposed to that done or observed in a controlled environment.
3. tests with a fixed panel and a "rolling sweep" methodology
Meters tested: Arbitron PPM, GfK Mediawatch and Eurisko Media Monitor.
--Audiometer Validation Test to determine how well the audiometers could identify up to 33 different radio services (both music and speech-based) under as wide a variety of real life situations as possible.
--The Arbitron PPM and the Eurisko Media Monitor were selected for further testing
JANUARY 2002 - MARCH 2003
Meters tested: Arbitron PPM and GfK Mediawatch
--Acoustic tests to evaluate how the meters recorded sounds/signals in different environments.
--Placement tests to determine how well respondents would accept the wearing of meters.
--Compliance tests to see if respondents fully understand how to use the meters.
--Qualitative tests to discover what meter-wearers really think of the task and to determine a sufficient incentive to motivate them
--Full field ratings tests on two devices, in the field to determine how meters report listening.
RAJAR is jointly owned by the BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. and the CRCA CRCA Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (University of California, San Diego)
CRCA Century Road Club Association
CRCA Children's Human Rights Centre of Albania
CRCA Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (Commercial Radio Companies Association). Its board includes BBC Radio, the Commercial Radio Companies Association (CRCA), the advertising industry, as represented by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) is the trade body and professional institute for leading agencies in the UK's advertising, media and marketing communications industry, covering the creative, digital, direct marketing, healthcare, media, outdoor, sales promotion and (IPA IPA - International Phonetic Alphabet ), and the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA ISBA Illinois State Bar Association
ISBA International Society for Bayesian Analysis
ISBA Incorporated Society of British Advertisers
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The RAJAR survey is the largest audience research survey in the world outside North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. and the most complex. It currently supplies radio audience listening data to over 300 UK radio stations broadcasting across a range of platforms including analogue, digital, digital TV, satellite and Internet.
TNS is a market information group. The company is the world's largest custom research company and a leading provider of social and political polling. It is also a major supplier of consumer panel, TV audience measurement and media intelligence services.
TNS is a leader in TV and radio audience measurement services. TNS provides audience measurement technology and services in 27 countries worldwide, including China, Russia, Spain, USA, Canada and the UK. Through a multi-country licensing agreement with Arbitron, TNS have pioneered the commercialization of the Portable People Meter (PPM).
TNS operates a global network spanning 70 countries and employs over 13,000 people. They provide market information and measurement, together with insight and analysis, to local and multinational organizations.
About the Portable People Meter
The Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) system uses a passive audience measurement device--about the size of a small cell phone--to track consumer exposure to media and entertainment, including broadcast, cable and satellite television; terrestrial, satellite and online radio as well as cinema advertising and many types of place-based electronic media. Carried throughout the day by randomly selected survey participants, the PPM device can track when and where they watch television, listen to radio as well as how they interact with other forms of media and entertainment.
The PPM detects inaudible codes embedded Inserted into. See embedded system. in the audio portion of media and entertainment content delivered by broadcasters, content providers and distributors. At the end of the day, the meter is placed in a docking station (1) A cradle for a portable device that serves to charge the unit and connect it to other sources or destinations. For example, an iPod docking station charges the iPod and connects it to a computer, speakers or TV set. that extracts the codes and sends them to a central computer. The PPM is equipped with a motion sensor, a patented quality control feature unique to the system, which allows Arbitron to confirm the compliance of the PPM survey participants every day.
Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) is an international media and marketing research firm serving radio broadcasters, cable companies, advertisers, advertising agencies and outdoor advertising companies in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Mexico and Europe. Arbitron's core businesses are measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. The Company has also developed the Portable People Meter (PPM), a new technology for media and marketing research.
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--renew all or part of contracts with large customers as they expire;
--successfully execute our business strategies, including implementation of our Portable People Meter services and to execute potential joint venture or third party agreements;
--effectively manage the impact of any further consolidation in the radio and advertising agency industries;
--keep up with rapidly changing technological needs of our customer base, including creating new proprietary software systems and new customer products and services that meet these needs in a timely manner;
--successfully manage the impact on our business of any economic downturn generally and in the advertising market in particular; and
--successfully manage the impact on costs of data collection due to lower respondent cooperation in surveys, privacy concerns, technology changes and/or government regulations.
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