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BIA/Kelsey Estimates the Television Industry Total Revenue will Reach Nearly $31 billion in 2016

Nov 7, 2016

New report assesses the television industry by profiling 18 ownership groups and examines the impact of factors driving the industry over the next few years

CHANTILLY, Va. (Nov. 7, 2016) – BIA/Kelsey, the leader in local advertising and marketing research, reveals in its new report, “Television Broadcasting 2016: Current Assessment and Future Outlook,” 18 U.S. television ownership groups operating a slight majority of the stations, earn more than 80 percent of the total industry’s revenue. The report estimates that local television revenue will approach $31 billion in total gross revenue in 2016. This revenue total comprises over-the-air and online advertising revenue, retransmission consent and other revenue.

Examined in the report are 18 television groups, comprised of four network owned and operated (“O&Os”) groups, six large publicly traded TV groups, and eight large privately held TV broadcasters.

The report indicates that the industry will have a combined value of approximately $84 billion this year. Of the anticipated $31 billion revenue total, the four O&Os are expected to generate $6.1 billion in gross over-the-air (“OTA”) television advertising revenue and $9.3 billion in television station gross revenue in 2016. This compares to $6.4 billion in OTA ad television revenue and $9.9 billion in gross TV revenue for the six publicly traded broadcasters profiled and $4.2 billion in OTA TV revenue and $6.6 billion in gross TV revenue for the eight large privately held groups.

“It’s incredible that 18 groups that represent just over 50 percent of the number of commercial stations earn over 80 percent of the revenue for the entire industry,” said Tom Buono, CEO of BIA/Kelsey. “These 18 groups, competing against each other in the local markets, generate a large share of the total local television station industry revenue through the operation of strong affiliates in these local markets.”
Of the $25.8 billion in gross revenue generated by these groups, $6.5 billion will be generated from retransmission consent revenue and over $1.1 billion will come from online/digital activities.

In its recent U.S Local Advertising Forecast 2017, BIA/Kelsey reported that total online/digital advertising in 2016 will be approximately 31 percent of total local advertising. Traditional media and television operators, in particular, are continuing to face competition from digital platforms causing media shares to continually adjust as online attracts a bigger share of advertising dollars.

A comprehensive examination of online/digital adverting will be a focus of BIA/Kelsey’s upcoming conference, BIA/Kelsey NEXT: The Future of Local Digital Advertising and Marketing, which takes place December 5-7, 2016, in Boston. Sessions will include, “Modern Local Media Measurement,” “Best Practices for Driving Local and Location-Based Buyers,” and a case study of how a location-focused programmatic video solved local marketing challenges.

Visit for complete conference information, including the agenda, speakers and online registration.

Report Overview and Availability

The report, “Television Broadcasting 2016: Current Assessment and Future Outlook,” delivers a comprehensive overview of the television industry by examining the current environment for television broadcasting and those factors that will drive the industry going forward.

The 45-page report covers trends in local advertising and the shift to digital; political advertising; retransmission consent; the spectrum auction; ATSC 3.0 and much more. It includes an assessment of what the television industry and its potential value in 2020 and addresses a number of current and relevant questions:

  • Who are the major players in television broadcasting and how do they differ?
  • How large is the industry today?
  • What are the key factors that will impact the television industry going forward?
  • Where will this industry be in 2020?

Examining the current situation and those factors impacting this industry, this report contains BIA/Kelsey’s take on what each of these factors will mean for the industry and its potential strength and value in 2020.

The report is designed for anyone interested in what is going on in the television industry. In particular, the report is oriented towards industry executives, analysts and investors contemplating potential investment in the industry.

The report can be purchased online.

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