Radio broadcasting: data and research
Ofcom’s statutory duties include ensuring that:
- a wide range of high-quality television and radio programmes are provided, appealing to a range of tastes and interests;
- television and radio services are provided by a range of different organisations;
- people who watch television and listen to the radio are protected from harmful or offensive material; and
- people are protected from being treated unfairly in television and radio programmes, and from having their privacy invaded.
To provide us with the evidence we need to carry out these duties, we carry out and publish market and consumer research, and collect data.
Older research is available through the National Archives.
This DAB+ Radio report (September 2023) outlines the findings from market research conducted to estimate DAB+ device penetration and usage in the UK.
The Radio Society of Great Britain (‘RSGB’) have made complaints to Ofcom and BT Openreach on behalf of its members, predominantly radio licensed amateurs, stating that the deployment of very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) technology by BT Openreach has resulted in interference to radio reception.
Ofcom commissioned this research to inform its decisions about potentially offensive language. The research aimed to assess how perceptions of this language differed based on context, and by different demographic groups.
This annual report explores UK adults’ access to and use of connected devices, their attitudes and opinions towards television and radio broadcasting, and related areas such as advertising and regulation.