Meter-panel-data analysis and its influence on programme schedules

Date of publication: June 15, 1987

Abstract:

On April 1st 1986 the broadcasting corporation in Hessen the "Hessischer Rundfunk, HR" has changed its programme schedules for the 1st and 3rd programme, It will be shown which reasons have led to this change and the role of tv-audience research. By analysing the data from GfK-panel before and after the programme change a characteristic weakness of the programme schedules was revealed. The entertainment segments in the first programme could be enlarged by putting the "Hessenschau" (the news magazine with regional information) into the 3rd programme. These changes have led to an expected increase in audience ratings respectively in decrease of market share for the competing ZDF under the 50- percent-level.

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