Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. Ofcom undertook this research to develop its understanding of the radio advertising industry and the competitive constraints faced by suppliers of radio advertising airtime. In particular Ofcom was interested in understanding the extent to which pricing in radio advertising markets appears to be affected by other media.
The Competition Commission last examined the provision of radio advertising in May 2003. Since this time the radio and advertising industry has developed in a number of ways which may have affected the competitive landscape. These developments include:
This research allows Ofcom to examine the radio advertising industry in the light of these changes.