June 22, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released statistical and financial information on the 695 commercial radio stations operating in Canada, and for the radio services operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), for the broadcast year ending August 31, 2014.
Revenues have remained relatively stable from the previous year in spite of competition from satellite, online and mobile services. Total revenues for AM and FM stations fell 0.52%, from $1.623 billion in 2013 to $1.614 billion in 2014. These revenues enable commercial radio stations to offer a variety of programming to Canadians, to support established and emerging Canadian talent and to provide employment to over 9,900 individuals.
In the past year, commercial stations have increased their expenditures by $19 million, for a total of $1.27 billion. As a result, profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) decreased from $328 to $299 million, resulting in a decline in the PBIT margin, which went from 20.2% to 18.5%.
Despite additional revenue of $1.1 million from the sale of national advertising on its Espace Musique and Radio 2 stations, total revenues for the 82 radio services operated by CBC decreased by 5.6% to $287.6 million in 2014. This decrease is primarily due to a decline in parliamentary appropriations directed to the public broadcaster’s radio services.
Each year, the CRTC compiles financial data on the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications industry to produce a series of reports. This year’s report on the radio sector provides data on a national basis and by individual markets, as well as for the 82 radio stations operated by CBC.
Recently, the CRTC released the 2014 financial results for traditional television stations, specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services, and broadcast distribution companies. Soon, it will release its annual Communications Monitoring Report.
These annual reports allow Canadians to stay informed about the state of the Canadian communication industry and help them participate in the CRTC’s public consultations.