Traditional content set to take a back seat to global digital offerings � NZOA research

Posted Wednesday 02 Sep 2020

2020 looks to be the year traditional media audiences are overtaken by digital media audiences, according to NZ On Air's Where Are The Audiences? 2020 research.

The findings make sobering reading, with the global digital giants both fragmenting audiences and overtaking most local platforms, with TVNZ 1 and TVNZ OnDemand the only local platforms to shine in this year's survey. The key findings include:

Total Linear TV audiences (Free-to-air and Pay TV) have continued to fall, but Free-to-air has remained stable.

Linear TV still has the longest time spent watching at 137 mins a day, but that has declined from 156 mins two years ago. (Possibly influenced in part by a lack of live sport during the survey period.)

Meanwhile time spent watching subscription video on demand (SVOD) has grown to 95 mins each day - the second most popular media in terms of time spent.

The most popular site, station or channel is now YouTube, pipping TVNZ 1.

TVNZ 2 and Three have both declined while TVNZ OnDemand continues to grow, now reaching one in five New Zealanders daily.

The group that has moved fastest away from linear TV is Asian New Zealanders - just 28% consume linear television today (cf 62% in 2014).

Most radio stations have declining daily reach and time spent listening to radio has dropped (RNZ National and Newstalk ZB were the only exceptions - possibly related to higher consumption of news due to COVID.)

The rapid change in the way New Zealanders consume music continues with 44% streaming music each day.

TVNZ news updates were the most widely used and trusted source of information during lockdown.

Online gaming has 36% daily reach overall but 53% in the 15-24 age group (measured for the first time).

The agency is planning a review of the content strategy for the children and youth audiences.

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