The newly released South African Broadcast Media Report covering the period of 1 May 2021 to 31 May 2022 has revealed that local television news channel eNCA had the biggest audience gain of 26 per cent, while Radio 2000 saw an increase of more than one million listeners.
The report laminated significant broadcast loss for local channel VuzuUZU, which was removed from the DStv platform.
The report revealed the biggest decline in sporting viewership, with SuperSport La Liga losing 19 per cent of views, SuperSport Premier League 9 per cent and SuperSport PSL 8 per cent.
However, SuperSport Action (28%), SuperSport Football (7%), and SuperSport Blitz (2%) had the most significant increases in audience figures.
From a general TV station perspective, Via had a 17 per cent decline in viewership and kykNET lost 2% in viewership, while Soweto TV increased by 3 per cent and M-Net by 1 per cent.
The report showed that South African radio audiences grew significantly over the last year, with Heart 104.9FM experiencing a 901 per cent audience increase while Radio 2000 saw a 150 per cent increase in audience figures with 1,126 million new listeners tuning in.
Metro FM and Motsweding FM also experienced significant gains, at 21 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.
However, Kasie FM and Eden FM had massive drops in listenership, with 47 per cent and 46 per cent, respectively.
Other stations experiencing notable drops include Umhlobo Wenene FM (22%) and Jozi FM (21%).
According to report publisher Joe Hamman, “The past year has certainly been a mixed bag for South African broadcast media.” He further stated that broadcasters are focusing on local content while audiences are shifting to international news.
“Some of the significant growth we have seen across several community stations were offset by losses in other community stations reflecting a potential preference for more mainstream radio content,” Hamman added.