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CRTC releases new broadcast industry statistics

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has released the first part of its annual Communications Monitoring Report. According to the report, broadcasting revenues in Canada last year decreased by 1.6% to $17.9 billion. This figure encompasses the revenues of the radio and television sectors. Radio revenues decreased by 1.2% to $1.9 billion, while television revenues decreased by 3.4% to $7.1 billion. Revenues for television service providers remained unchanged at $8.9 billion.

Canadians listened to an average of 16.2 hours of radio per week, a decrease of 1.8% from 2014. Consumers watched an average of 27.2 hours of traditional television per week, a decrease of 0.7% from 2014. This includes over-the-air, cable, satellite and Internet Protocol television. Cable, IPTV and satellite TV services had 11.2 million subscribers in 2015, a 1.4% decline from the previous year. Cable represented 60% of the total, a decline from 69%. IPTV services claimed 19.2% of total subscribers in 2015, an increase of 35% since 2011.

Consumers between the ages of 12 and 24 listen to half the amount of traditional radio of older consumers. Consumers over the age of 65 watch more than twice the amount of traditional TV than younger viewers.

Regarding digital media, the report finds that 23% of Canadians streamed radio content online, an increase of 1% from 2014, while 55% streamed music videos from YouTube, an increase of 3%. Twenty percent of consumer used online music streaming services, an increase of 2%. The number of consumers who watched television exclusively online remained unchanged at 8%.

"This year's report clearly shows that viewing and listening habits are continuing to shift," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman and CEO of the CRTC. "Younger Canadians are the ones who consume the least amount of audio-visual content using traditional ways. Online platforms are increasingly attractive and accessible to Canadians. The broadcasting industry must ensure that it meets the changing needs of Canadians, who increasingly want to watch and listen to content on the platform of their choice."

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