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Preference for news is substantially higher in the morning – and radio is the preferred medium, Roy Morgan research shows.

Preference for news is substantially higher in the morning – and radio is the preferred medium, Roy Morgan research shows.

62% of weekday breakfast media consumers want local, national and/or international news in the content mix, compared to 51% of dinnertime consumers, 27% and 25% of midmorning and lunchtime consumers respectively, and less than 20% of afternoon or after-dinner consumers.

Radio ranks first as most preferred media in the 5.30am to 9am timeslot: 38% of morning media consumers listen to the radio, over television (33%), newspapers (22%) and the internet (15%).

66% of these weekday breakfast radio listeners want to hear national, local or international news.

31% include music in their preferred content mix, followed by humour (17%), talk shows (13%) and sport (13%).

Breakfast timeslot radio content preferences


Roy Morgan Single Source: October 2011 - September 2012. (n=53,220). Breakfast timeslot is defined as 5:30am to 9:00am.

The overall preference for news is shared by AM and FM breakfast radio audiences, with AM listeners’ preference slightly stronger for Local (50% to 45%) and International (34% to 25%) news, and significantly stronger for National (58% to 42%).

FM listeners have a higher preference for music and humour; AM listeners have a higher preference for talk shows, sports, political analysis and business news.




Breakfast time slot radio listening content preferences by AM/FM stations


Roy Morgan Single Source: October 2011 - September 2012. (n=53,220).  AM and FM are based on all AM or FM stations nationally.

George Pesutto, General Manager of Media & Communications, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“With news the most sought-after morning content across all media, the ability to report relevant and timely news cements radio‘s dominance as the preferred morning medium for Australians.

“Radio provides a platform for advertisers to capture an engaged audience because radio delivers what Australians want in the morning.”

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