Christmas TV advertising

Christmas advertising

A record-breaking £9.5 billion is set to be spent on advertising this Christmas season, almost a 4.8% increase from last year’s £9 billion spend.

The highest-performing media formats for Christmas advertising in 2023 are BVOD increasing by 20.2% and OOH increasing by 22% compared to 2022.

However, Traditional Television advertising remains the top media format in 2023 with a predicted £1.5 billion spent on advertising during this year’s golden quarter

Nearly half (48%) of all adults praise Christmas advertisements for helping to spark gift ideas, whilst 70% of young adults (16-34) find them to be a mood booster.

Public approval of John Lewis 2023 Christmas advert + Christmas 2023 adverts

The most anticipated Christmas advert release each year is John Lewis.

This year John Lewis brought ‘Snapper’ The Venus Fly Trap to our screens, drifting away from the renowned emotional and sentimental adverts we’ve seen in the past.

More than half (55%) of the British public, compared to an astounding 96% last year, said they “love” this year’s John Lewis Christmas advertisement,

‘Snapper’ was ranked just 68% for positive sentiment; However, the strength of that negative coverage boosted social media activity which generated 106m impressions, 3,248 messages, and 17,928 engagements.

Positively speaking, 40% of the population thought this year’s advertisement was “funny,” and not ‘emotional’ making it John Lewis’ funniest Christmas commercial since the 2018 Elton John advert.

Surprisingly, Aldi’s ‘Kevin and The Chocolate Factory’ was a great hit with a range of audiences, providing a score of 93% positive sentiment; the advert gained significant reach with 1,652 messages, 2,773 engagements on X/Twitter, with 17m potential views.

Similarly, this year’s Amazon ad scored correspondingly with 17m impressions and 1,696 messages, but also scored highly on sentiment with 93%.

McDonald’s 2023 Christmas campaign “Fancy a McDonald’s this Christmas” is the brand’s highest-scoring advert with 4.1 stars since its 2017 advert “#Reindeer Ready” which achieved a rating of five stars which only 1% of Christmas ads achieve.

If you want to incorporate TV advertising into your marketing mix, get in touch with us today!

(Source: Marketing Beat, 2023)

Marketing trends you can’t ignore in 2024

We recently attended a industry webinar on the predicted media and advertising trends for 2024, here are the trends you simply can’t ignore!

Global ad spending is forecasted to increase by 8.2%, reaching £788 billion in 2024

Digital ad spending will finally achieve pre-pandemic levels in 2024, increasing by 20.9% in growth by the end of 2024

The highest ad spending sectors predicted for 2024 are as follows:

Retail – £5.69 billion

Consumer packed goods – £3.80 billion

Computing products and consumer electronics – £3.22 billion

Financial services – £3.00 billion

Automotive – £2.26 billion

Travel – £1.90 billion

Other – £6.6 billion

What marketing channels have the strongest growth predicted for 2024?

In Game +15%

CTV +14.4%

DOOH/OOH +5.9%

Video +5.8%

Display +5.3%

Search +5.2%

Social +4%

Audio +1%

The era of real-time personalisation

49% of consumers felt frustration when they received irrelevant content or offers

75% of consumers expect companies to understand their unique needs and expectations

Programmatic growth

Ad spent expected to reach £29 billion in 2024 a YoY growth of 9.2%

Digital out of home = 60.5% growth

Video = 13.3% growth

Display = 10% growth

CTV continues to make waves

This year, almost 75% of the UK population will watch digital video content and is expected to further grow in 2024.

The rise of DOOH

Digital will account for 64.7% of out-of-home spending in 2023 and is expected to surpass the £1 billion mark by 2026

Games everywhere

In-game advertising revenue is expected to surpass £600 million in 2024, being the 4th largest revenue generator globally

49% of in-game ads drive on average 49% promoted brand recall

6 out of 10 players are likely to make a purchase after seeing an in-game advert

(Source: Stack Adapt)

If you need help ensuring your 2024 marketing plans get results, get in touch with our team today!

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Faux Out of home

A new trend is emerging in the constantly changing world of digital marketing that is grabbing attention and challenging our perceptions of what is genuine and what is not.

Faux Out-of-Home (FOOH) advertising is increasing in popularity, more brands are now following the trend of creating ‘realistic’ OOH campaigns that are actually CGI-generated; providing a powerful avenue for imagination, however, there are moral considerations.

One example of FOOH advertising is Maybelline’s Sky High Mascara; a viral video showcasing their ‘new OOH campaign’ where London underground trains and London buses iconically wore eyelashes, demonstrating the benefits of the mascara formula as well as the bending wand technology. At the time the video was released to social media, it was not made clear that the OOH campaign was created using CGI and therefore misleading consumers.

McDonald’s is one of the brands to recently jump on the trend with a festive FOOH campaign. The campaign is called ‘Festive wins’ featuring a fleet of festive baubles driving through London’s Oxford Circus and bursting McDonald’s burger boxes outside the Bullring, Birmingham, and celebratory Christmas crackers along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

FOOH’s creativity is completely unhindered by reality, budget, resources, and media formats; therefore, it has the potential to go ‘viral’ on social media and drive brand awareness and engagement.

Since deceiving customers seems to be the key to faux out-of-home success. The allure of Barbie’s enormous doll, Maybelline’s eyelash tube promotion, and Jacquemus’ giant bags would have undoubtedly been ruined if a disclaimer revealing the CGI origins had been included at the time of publication.

After reading a FOOH feature on the Drum, we found it interesting that JC Decaux’s Chief Marketing Officer, David McEvoy has reported on the topic. McEvoy promptly emphasised that in spite of the significant volume of FOOH sightings recently, the problem has really been there for some time. Pointing out that even before digital adverts, you’d often see television ads featuring billboards, street furniture, or bus shelter panels, proving that the creativity wasn’t genuinely used in the out-of-home environment.

Brands wanting to create CGI campaigns must approach with caution, as it could jeopardise consumer relationships as well as brand reputation. 

RAJAR Q3 results are now in!

Here are the top stats from Q3 for the period starting June and ending September.

Data has revealed that the weekly population of all radio listeners has remained the same as Q1 and Q2 in Q3 with 88% and has remained at 49.5 million people.

Here are some interesting stats to begin –

  • The average number of weekly hours listened to radio for this Quarter is 1.016 billion hours
  • The average radio listener tunes into 20.5 hours of Live Radio per week.
  • 43 million adults (15+) are tuning into radio digitally each week.
  • In an average week, digital listening accounts for 714 million hours, with a listening share of 76%, up by 2% since Q2.
  • Listening via DAB has a 42% share of listening, Online has 24% and DTV is 4%.
  • AM/FM listening hours share is less than a third with 30%.
  • 32% of adults (15+) claim to listen to Podcasts at least once per month.

National RAJAR listening figures

They’ve done it again! Heart and Capital remain the largest 2 commercial radio brands, resulting in Global leading the radio market with 26.4 million weekly listeners, up by 6% since Q2.

In this quarter, The UK’s largest radio station Heart, achieved its highest-ever audience of 11.3 million weekly listeners across the UK.

Capital has reached a milestone of 8 million weekly listeners, increasing by an incredible 200,000 listeners since Q2.

Following a successful Q1 and Q2, Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio has grown again in Q3, achieving 6.2 million weekly listeners.

Welsh RAJAR listening figures

Heart South Wales now has 432,000 weekly listeners, up 29,000 from Q2, making it the station with the most listeners in all of Wales.

Nation Radio Wales reached 150,000 weekly listeners an increase of 20,000 since Q2.

Greatest Hits South Wales’ weekly listeners increased by 20,000 from Q2 to Q3, reaching a total of 102,000

Even though Capital is still the biggest commercial radio station in the UK, Capital Northwest, and Wales’ reach decreased by 14,000 listeners from Q2 to Q3, yet it is still quite high at 107,000 listeners per week. Capital South Wales’ reach also decreased slightly by 6,000 listeners per week.

Although radio listeners have switched stations, they still regularly tune in to the medium highlighting that there is still a market for radio advertising! Millions of people can still hear your message; to be heard at the right time, get in touch with our team today!

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TV advertising

Television advertising continues to be an effective and impactful method of advertising, TV-focused campaigns outperform those without by 35%; below are some reasons why traditional advertising should remain a part of any marketing mix:

  1. Wide reach

TV advertising has a vast-reaching audience as well as the capacity to quickly and frequently connect with a wide range of demographics. The average UK resident is expected to see around 40 TV adverts daily, reaching as many as 70% of the population in a single day (Improve Marketing 2023).

  • Credibility

Brand credibility can be enhanced immediately by featuring on main TV channels and during well-known programs. Consumers of TV adverts frequently perceive brands that advertise on TV as more reliable and trustworthy with 40% of UK residents believing messages delivered on them. (Statista 2023).

  • Repetition

TV adverts are often aired repeatedly, and your brand can be seen multiple times in a single day. The combination of repeated visuals, audio, and storytelling can create a long-lasting memory for a single viewer and for wider audiences. 3 or 4 repetitions of one TV commercial are sufficient to keep a viewer’s attention (Themediaant 2022).

  • Complementary advertising

TV advertising is seen to be complementary to many other forms of media, a multi-media approach with the same campaign can significantly amplify brand presence. TV and Digital have a significant connection, TV advertising has been shown to increase the visibility of digital ads as well as organic interaction (Improvemarketing, 2023)

  • High ROI

TV advertising has the highest ROI of any media, generating an average return of £1.79 for every £1 spent, accounting for 71% of all advertising revenue (Thinkbox, 2022).

  • Brand awareness

TV advertising increases brand awareness by 20% as well as brand consideration by 27%, and purchase intent by 15% (Thinkbox 2023).


Considering the benefits above, why not incorporate or enhance your brands’ exposure on TV?

So, if you need help with being seen through TV advertising, get in touch with our experienced team today!

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Advertising in Wales

Do you want your brand to be seen by a mass and diverse audience, across Wales?

If so, check out the latest statistics for different advertising media in Wales!


On average, people in Wales spend 2 hours 45 minutes per day watching broadcast TV, the second most of any nation. Unsurprisingly given the passion for  sport in Wales, the most-watched TV program in 2022 was Six Nation Rugby: Wales vs. France (Ofcom, 2023).

On average, ITV reaches 80% of adults per month in Wales, with “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” becoming one of Wales’s most popular programs – reaching up to 615K adults in one episode alone (ITV, 2023).

S4C, aimed at a Welsh-speaking audience, offers a potential yearly audience of almost 2.5 million people in over 1.3 million homes. 


CTV ‘Connected TV’ is content accessed via apps and streamed over smart TVs, or a connected device, such as Amazon Fire Stick, PlayStation, and Apple TV; Nationally, CTV is heavily on the rise with a 15.7% growth rate expected for 2023 (Statista 2022).

7 in 10 TV users in Wales had a connected TV device, and users were more likely to connect their TV to the internet via a box (Sky+ or Virgin Media) by 44%, compared to England with 32% (Ofcom 2023)


According to Ofcom 63% of all Welsh households are currently subscribed to at least one VOD service and the average viewing duration for these services is 4 hours and 43 minutes whilst people in Wales are estimated to spend 15% of their total video viewing time on video-on-demand services, as well as 15% on video-sharing websites/apps.


Radio is a highly effective form of advertising, reaching 88% of the adult population weekly, equivalent to 49.4 million people.

The average listener tunes into 20.5 hours of live radio each week, and a record 39.2 million people are tuning into commercial radio every week, up by 1.3% on the quarter and 8% on the year.

North Wales appeared to have the most success in Q2 2023 RAJAR’s update; Capital North Wales’ reach increased from 100,000 to 121,000, up a staggering 21% and Heart North Wales reach has also increased from 89,000 up by 14%. Its total listener hours are up by a staggering 40% from 606,000 to 846,000, whilst the share of listening is up from 2.9% to 4.1%.

Heart South Wales in Q2 has the highest number of active listeners with 403,000, with a 21% reach.

Radio advertising makes it possible to customise messages to each audience, helping targeting specific demographic groups, local communities, and geographical regions.

Radio has the highest rate of ad avoidance, demonstrating how radio listeners are much less likely to “tune out” when there are radio commercials.

(Rajar 2023)


The Q1 (2023) TFW report has recorded across South Wales alone that 300,000 passengers have used bus transport to commute every week and is estimated that around 100 million bus journeys were made in 2022.

Reportedly bus advertising is the most-seen outdoor advertising medium, reaching over 48 million adults over a two-week period (Route, 2023).

There has been a total of 5.4m passenger journeys made on TFW trains across Wales in Q1 of 2023, this is still down in comparison to pre-pandemic levels (Wales Online, 2023), On average 71% of regular rail users have noticed an OOH ad in their respective station in the past week (Clearchannel, 2023).


Out-of-home and Digital out-of-home advertising has the ability to reach 98% of the UK population at least once a week, highlighting that OOH is a very powerful method of advertising (outsmart 2023). It has been suggested that on average 71% of the UK population acknowledges an advert at the roadside (75 Media, 2023).

OOH and DOOH drive online engagement as well as purchase intention or service use, almost 26% of surveyed customers have visited a website in response to an OOH advert, and a 38% increase in mobile engagements (75 media, 2023).

The top 3 performing OOH/ DOOH sites in Wales are:

  1. ‘M4 Super 6’ located in Newport with 574,923 weekly impacts.
  • Swansea Bus Station Large Digital Format with 498,000 weekly impacts.
  • Static 6 sheet located on Newport Road, Cardiff with 259,346 weekly impacts.

Digital Audio

Amazon Music accounted for the highest listening time in Wales on music streaming services with 24% – 4 times the UK adult national average (Ofcom, 2023).

The average Spotify user is estimated to spend 25 hours per month listening to music (Ferjan, 2023).

Podcasts have grown massively in popularity in recent years, from 2022 it was estimated there would be an average of 22 million monthly listeners in the UK (Cybercrew, 2023). As a result, advertising through podcasts has become highly favourable in a marketing mix, expecting to see a growth rate of 15.7% at the end of 2023 (Thepodcasthost, 2023).

Social Media

More than 9 in 10 (92%) homes in Wales had an internet connection in the first half of 2023 (Ofcom, 2023).

An average person in the UK is estimated to spend 145 minutes every day on social media platforms (Workup, 2022), with Facebook remaining the most-used social media platform with 44.8 million active users nationally (Thesocialsheppard, 2023).

Instagram came in second with 35 million active users at the end of Q2, while YouTube was third with an estimated 16.3 million users in the UK (Statista, 2023).

If your looking to start an advertising campaign across Wales, Get in touch with our experienced team.

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Q4 – The golden quarter

Christmas is less than 100 days away and the build-up during the final quarter of the year is referred to as the ‘Golden Quarter’ since it brings in more revenue than the previous three quarters combined. With an expected £22 billion in consumer spending through Q4, businesses need to step up their advertising in order to really get the attention of customers.

Black Friday has become one of the biggest days in the retail calendar for Christmas shopping, with retailers hoping to benefit from increased traffic and sales as well as eager consumers hunting for a bargain.

This year, customers anticipate significant Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals; it has been estimated that 84% are prepared to make a purchase.

The top items people want to cross off their lists this year are electronics, technology, and clothes.

Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year, making it the holiday of all holidays with a considerable share of all annual retail occasions (January Sales, Easter, Summer Holidays, Back to school, Halloween, and Black Friday) with 45%.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, making it the holiday of all holidays. Each year, it has been estimated that 85% of all Brits shop for the Christmas season.

Christmas is a time for spreading love by giving and receiving; despite tough times, 55% of Brits say they will be spending more this year than they did last on gifts. 7 in 10 people stated they are

prioritising spending on gifting.

Source: (Clearchannel, 2023)

Interesting Media Statistics

Do you want your brand to be seen by a mass and diverse audience, at the right time and place?

Check out the latest statistics for different advertising medias!


28 million households in the UK have a television (Cybercrew, 2023)

3 hours were spent daily watching TV in the UK for 2022 (Cybercrew, 2022)

TV advertising is on average almost half the price of YouTube, and 17 times cheaper than other online video advertising (Thinkbox, 2021)

Adults ages 35-54 spent up to 26% of their total TV time watching traditional TV on a weekly basis (Keegan, 2023).

VOD (Video on Demand)

In the first quarter of 2023, the number of UK households subscribing to video-on-demand services amounted to around 19.08 million (Statista, 2023).

73% of the UK population choose to watch shows/movies on streaming platforms.

58% of all households in the UK are subscribed to an average of 5.4 streaming services (Boyle, 2022).

There were 35 million users on ITV X alone in 2022! (Boyle, 2023).

OOH (Out of Home)

Out of Home reaches 98% of the UK population at least once a week (Outsmart, 2023)

Nearly 26% of Customers Have Visited a Website in Response to an OOH Advert (75 media, 2023)


Transit advertising reaches 83% of commuters on weekdays and 69% on weekends, equivalent to 48 million adults on a two-week basis (Global, 2023)

Each year a branded taxi will be seen over 75 million times (Capspacemedia, 2022)

Spending over 95% of their time in the city centre, taxis offer universal coverage by targeting mass volumes of consumers (Hugemedia, 2023)

54% of adults 15-34 see bus advertising every week (Global, 2022)

Bus shelter Ads reach 92% of the Population Every Week (75 media, 2023)

On average, passengers spend 7-13 minutes at their respective rail station (Global, 2022)

71% of regular rail users have noticed an OOH ad in the past week (Clearchannel, 2023)


88% of the adult population listens to radio weekly, equivalent to 49.4 million people (RAJAR, 2023).

The average user tunes into 20.5 hours of live radio each week (RAJAR, 2023).

A record 39.2 million people are tuning into commercial radio every week, up by 1.3% on the quarter and 8% on the year (RAJAR, 2023).

In an average week, digital listening accounts for 697 million hours, and has the highest percentage of listeners with 74% (RAJAR, 2023).

Digital Audio

Podcast advertising will see a growth rate of 15.7% in 2023.

The average podcast fan consumes 9 episodes per week (Thepodcasthost, 2023).

The average Spotify user spends an average of 25 hours per month listing to music (Ferjan, 2023).

Q4 data for 2022, shows that 33.2 million people in the UK are listening to online radio each week (IAB, 2022).

In an average week, digital listening accounts for 697 million hours, and has the highest percentage of listeners with 74% (RAJAR, 2023).


Cinema advertising spending is forecast to show the largest growth rate in 2023 compared to any other media at 37% (Statista, 2023).

There are on average 220 new films of different genre released every year; therefore, cinema advertising reaches a large and diverse audience (SocialFilms, 2022).

87% of survey respondents claimed they noticed adverts before, during and after the movie (Digiday, 2023).

Social Media

In 2022, there were 4.9 billion people globally who use one or more social media platforms daily (Forbes, 2022).

An average person spends 145 minutes every day on social media (Workup, 2022).

Facebook has remained the most-used social media platform with 2.98 billion monthly active users as of Q1 of 2023, a 7.18% increase year on year (Dean, 2023).

Static images posted on Instagram achieved an average reach of 1,850 users and carousels reached an average of 2,325 users (Dixon, 2022).

500 billion YouTube videos are watched daily (Omicore, 2023).

On average, 500 million tweets are shared daily (Oberlo, 2023).

TikTok is the most engaging social media platform, with an average session length of 10.85 minutes, the time spent on TikTok globally in 2022 was a mammoth 68 billion hours (Kurve, 2023).

If you need help ensuring your using the right mix of media, get in touch with our experienced team today!

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Streaming services are soaring to the detriment of traditional TV Channels

Traditional broadcasting TV has seen its steepest decline in viewership last year.

The different variations of broadcasting at present (Traditional, Streaming, VOD) means there are lots of ways to watch your favourite programmes at a time that suits you.

Traditional broadcasting viewing numbers have declined from 83% in 2021 to 79% at the end of 2022 (Ofcom, 2022).

The average viewing time has also decreased slightly, falling from 2 hours 59 minutes in 2021 to 2 hours 39 minutes in 2022 (Ofcom, 2022)

A study by Ofcom, found that fewer viewers are tuning into the major broadcasting TV channels than ever before, soap operas and news bulletins aren’t drawing the same audiences they once did.

It comes as no surprise that the younger generation are spending a lot more time on social media platforms and streaming services compared to traditional TV broadcasting, it seems that even the ‘loyal’ older generation are now following suit by alternating their media habits.

Statistics show that Disney + seems to be a favourable streaming provider amongst the older generation (65+), showing an 11% increase in 2022, from 7% in 2021 for the age demographic.

When it comes to uniting the country at significant cultural and sporting events, traditional broadcasting continues to be unmatched.

The Top 5 most viewed moments from 2022 were:

  • England V France – 16.1 million
  • Queen Elizabeths II Jubilee – 13.2 million
  • Queen Elizabeths II funeral – 13.2 million
  • I’m a celebrity – 12.5 million.
  • The Tourist – 11.4 million

Despite the fall in traditional broadcasting viewers, BBC 1 and ITV1 still have a considerable viewing rate and even see higher ratings per week than Netflix. While ratings on BBC iplayer and ITVX are up.

The early and late evening news bulletins and soaps have all taken a hit, viewings are down 42 per cent since 2014, with popular soaps: Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street all affected.

Penarth Advertising Agency hits landmark 15 years in Business.

The Media Angel, based in Penarth has had lots to celebrate since Managing Director, Alison Debono set up the agency in 2008. They have the accolade of working with many prestigious clients from multiple sectors, some of whom have remained clients for 15 years. Their achievements within the media industry have been acknowledged by their numerous awards, won over the years for their strong campaigns that have helped clients achieve their goals.

Over the last 15 years this award-winning media planning and buying agency, have helped clients achieve their objectives by creating impactful advertising campaigns that have delivered results, particularly for clients within the leisure, travel and tourism, education, charity and retail sectors; they consider it a privilege to have worked with brands including, KLM, Cardiff Airport, Casio, Spar, Swansea University, Hugh James, Public Health Wales, National Botanic Garden of Wales, National Trust Wales, Barnardo’s, Ty Hafan.

Alison has been the driving force behind the Media Angel, having gained extensive experience in the advertising industry across Radio and TV she admits that “I loved helping clients reach their goals and achieve great results but in the end got frustrated by the limitations of being able to only offer one media solution and only utilise a fraction of their budget. Prompted by a long-standing client, I set up on my own with that client being my first customer!”

The team at The Media Angel have a vast range of experience working directly in TV, Radio, Sponsorships, Press, Digital, Websites, Design and Social Media and with over 60 years of expertise are able to tailor bespoke marketing solutions, delivering results to clients locally, nationally and internationally as far as India, Australia and The USA.

Alison’s highlights from the last 15 years range from being a mainstay advertising agency in the Welsh media landscape setting up just before the recession of 2008, more recently getting through the Covid pandemic, to being crowned winner of ‘Best Advertising Campaign across Wales’, finalists at the National DRUM Marketing awards in London against International Brands,to  being  a sponsor at  marketing events and The Cardiff Life Awards and…not forgetting loving helping clients with their launch campaigns such as Qatar airlines initial launch from Cardiff Airport in 2018.

She’s proud to have secured the coveted sponsoring of ITV Cymru Wales Weather for a travel brand for 2 years and has negotiated amazing deals for our clients, helping them achieve brilliant results.

When asked what contributes to The Media Angel’s success, Alison says “ It’s my team. I’ve always been lucky to have a passionate, loyal and dedicated team around me and the success of the company comes from their commitment, passion and hard work.

We have strong relationships with our clients and really do care about all their campaigns. We thoroughly research all possibilities for our clients and aim to overachieve in delivery and deliver excellent results. We take care of campaigns from start to finish and continue to monitor and optimise to ensure the client is getting the very best for their budget. Our post campaign analysis provided to our clients often illustrate great added value”

The Media Angel are excited to see how the next 15 years evolve in this ever changing media landscape.

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Video/Connected TV streaming continues to be on the rise

A survey conducted by The Trade Desk with YouGov surveyed 1,010 adults consumption of video content on our screens,  living in the U.K. in June 2022. Research was conducted with Savanta surveying  250 advertisers across brands and agencies in the U.K. who spend a minimum of 2 million pounds annually.

In 2022, streaming video content continued to entice viewers from all age groups and demographics. While this change has created more fragmentation for viewers and advertisers alike, it also gives advertisers more opportunities to significantly expand their reach and place their ads alongside the most-watched content with more precision. In response, many are adapting their marketing strategies as they consider budget in this vibrant new world of premium content

Key findings were

73% of the UK population choose to watch shows/movies on streaming platforms

47% of UK viewers say they are spending less time watching traditional TV

51% of UK viewers are open to either a free service funded by advertising or a less costly service subsidised by tailored adverts

76% is the amount that advertisers are prepared to increase their spend by on connected TV

88% of advertisers say they are likely to buy inventory from a streaming platform if it offers exclusive access to live sports or other premium content

Streaming is now the most popular way for U.K. consumers to watch content, 73% of the population watching shows and movies on streaming platforms.

 68% per cent say they watch traditional broadcast TV. Respondents shift between streaming platforms and linear TV…so this is not an either/or situation, more viewers utilising both, dependent on the content they want to consume.

84% viewers in the 18- to 34-year old age category  and 83% viewers in 35-54 age group favour streaming content over traditional TV.

64% 18- 34-year-olds spend up to two hours a day watching streaming content.

In addition to Netflix and Disney, U.K. Broadcasters from Channel 4 to ITV to Sky are all producing top-notch content for their own streaming services, All4, ITV Hub, Sky Now & BBC I player.

 40% of U.K. viewers spend more time streaming with 47% spending less time watching traditional television.

These figures are good news from an advertiser’s perspective, as advertisers can apply data to TV advertising in ways that are not possible in traditional, linear TV, driving precision and aiming to add value.

88% of U.K. advertisers say they are likely to buy inventory from a streaming platform if it offers exclusive access to live sports or other premium content

What is being watched and streamed?

In the 18 –34 year old age group.

44% stream documentaries

46% watch comedies on streaming platforms

41% catch up on dramas

In addition viewers in the 35- to 54-year-old category show a similar predisposition to watching this kind of content via streaming rather than traditional TV. These insights are not lost on advertisers who are spending budget accordingly against drama – 50%, comedy 48%, entertainment 48%, and live sports 48%

26% of British viewers prefer streaming platforms as their go-to viewing method for live sports.  A quarter of all Brits – 17 million people use streaming and video on-demand (VOD) to follow sports events.

55% of U.K. viewers do not want to spend more than 30 pounds per month on streaming services. As an alternative, 51% per cent of U.K. viewers are open to either a free service funded by advertising, or a less costly service subsidised by tailored ads. In response to these findings more than 6 in 10 (64%) of advertisers mention that their brand is likely to increase spending on programmatic CTV by 76% in 2023.

67%  of advertisers expect to grow their ad budgets for programmatic campaigns to align with live sports events on streaming channels and connected TV.

For advertisers, streaming channels offers the opportunity to access audiences on a more granular level and it can offer a more insightful metrics.

Brand lift (44%), viewability (42%) and campaign reach and frequency (33%) are the top three metrics used by advertisers to measure the performance of live sports on connected TV. 60%  of these advertisers cite better measurement capabilities on connected TV compared with traditional television. 59%  say there’s more flexibility on CTV, while 51%  say CTV allows them to target specific subsets of live sports viewers.

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Q1 2023 Rajar Figures are announced

Here are a few top line stats from 2023’s first Rajar.

Overall 88% of the adult population listens to the radio weekly – 49.4 million people.

Digital listening is 68% – 39% DAB and 24.4% online.


BBC local radio network is down 7% from 5.6m to 5.2 weekly reach.

BBC Radio London drops from 625,000 weekly reach to 564,000 weekly reach – down 10%.

Commercial radio has come up trumps, with 38.7m listeners tuning in weekly.  Global – 26.7m, Bauer 22.4m reach and News Broadcasting 6.7m reach.

Listening using online platforms has increased to 28%.

Global’s Heart, Capital and Smooth are the top 3 stations in the UK.

Bauer’s digital listening is bigger than the industry average at 77.7% compared with 67.7%              


A number of stations including Greatest Hits Wales, Capital North Wales, Nation & Heart South Wales have all seen a fall in their reach since the last quarter of 2022.

Greatest Hits Wales 86,000 to 72,000

Capital South Wales 175,000 to 154,000

Heart North Wales 114,000 to 76,000

Heart South Wales 439,000 to 426,000

Nation Radio 173,000 to 162,000

Radio Pembrokeshire & Radio Carmarthenshire retained their listener reach of 19,000 and 18,000 with high average hours per listeners of over 9 and 10 hours each.

Weekly listener hours are down slightly across other local station too with Heart South Wales retaining just about the same amount of hours (7.6) average hours per listener.

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