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Radio station entry to RAJAR

If you are a Commercial Radio station, are licenced by OFCOM and are interested in joining RAJAR to be surveyed please refer to the information below.

Points of entry to the survey
  • A National/National Digital station can join the survey at any quarter throughout the year as the national sample is in place.
  • A station with an identical TSA (total survey area) to a commercial station already on the survey can also join at any quarter; again the sample is in place.
  • Regional/Local AM, FM or Digital stations who do not have an identical sample to a station already on the survey may join RAJAR in Quarter 1 or Quarter 3.

Find the Station Entry Deadlines in the download box (right).

Ratecard/Fees

The RAJAR ratecard in the download box gives annual fees for both analogue and digital stations to join the survey. The digital fees are shown in red. All fees are based on the station’s population band in the area they broadcast. We are unfortunately not able to offer discounted rates to charitable registered stations or community stations.

Fees are payable monthly over 12 months by direct debit. Direct debit payments are taken on the first of the month unless the date falls on a weekend or Bank Holiday in which case the payment is taken the next working day.

The fee year runs from December to November however, if a station joins the survey during the year the fee is reduced pro rata to the number of quarters surveyed i.e. if a station joins the survey in quarter 3 the fee is half that quoted on the ratecard and is payable over 6 months.

Reporting

All services will be reported quarterly based on the fieldwork periods shown on the ratecard. For example a 12 month reporting station will need to be on the survey for a year before the first report is published; thereafter reporting is quarterly based on the most recent 12 months fieldwork.

Station subscribers will receive 4 sets of reports as follows:

  • ‘Standard results’ for each station - comprising 11 tables - will be available to each station for their own services. These will be available as an electronic file on the day of data release.
  • Standard results will also be available for all other reporting services on the day of data release. These tables will only be available electronically.
  • Non-standard reports may be commissioned and delivered in electronic format for an appropriate fee.

Fieldwork and Reporting dates

Fieldwork is conducted 50 weeks of the year across the UK with approximately 2,600 diaries returned each week.

Each quarter’s fieldwork is split into three (monthly) periods and the full quarter’s results (issued to all station subscribers) are issued at 10.30 am on the results to stations day on the release date timetable.

All data for publication is embargoed until 00.01am the next day.

See the release dates.

Terms & Conditions

The T&Cs detail "the RAJAR service" provided. A contract letter agreement to which these Conditions apply will be issued on completion of the new station joining RAJAR form. This can be found in the download box and needs to be completed and returned to RAJAR so that the contract letter can be issued.

Contracts run on an annual basis and continue thereafter until notice is served.

Contract Termination is 12 months with written notice.

Publication Code

Subscribers shall comply with the publication rules which cover the use and publication of RAJAR data.

Notes

For more information see the About RAJAR area of the site.

Only stations licenced by OFCOM may join RAJAR Ltd.

The sampling structure of RAJAR is designed to provide data for Commercial and BBC stations regardless of genre or regionality, and delivers cost-efficiencies based on the bulk of diaries in the sample being of value to multiple stations. For very small stations e.g. with a TSA (Total Survey Area) population around 50,000 adults or fewer, this economy of scale may no longer apply and additional charges may be applicable subject to specific evaluation by RAJAR and its survey contractor.

It is recommended that commercial stations wishing to join RAJAR also register with the RadioCentre. RadioCentre are joint owners of RAJAR Ltd and represent the interests of Commercial Radio stations on the RAJAR Board as well as the technical management group (TMG) along with representatives from the BBC and IPA. RadioCentre information may be found at www.radiocentre.org.

RAJAR will consider applications from community stations. Due to the highly localised survey requirements of community radio stations, it is unlikely that RAJAR’s existing sample will be sufficiently clustered to measure such services. Consequently additional sample points will be required, and the number and cost of these will be calculated separately for each application.

If you have any specific questions not covered above you can also email us on subs@rajar.co.uk or phone 020 7395 0630.