The Readership Studies Council of India (RSCI) has the task to provide a gold standard survey for the Indian print industry. Lynn de Souza, RSCI’s first Chairperson, is clear that research that comes from RSCI should not just be a currency, but also establish the true picture of print readership in India, which she believes is a vibrant and growing industry.
The merger of the IRS and NRS led to the formation of Readership Studies Council of India (RSCI). The RSCI would have 10 members from both the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) and the Media Research User’s Council (MRUC). The ABC and MRUC have nominated these members. Lynn de Souza, Chairman & CEO, Lintas Media Group, is expected to be first Chairperson of the RSCI.
Vinay Chhajlani, CEO, NaiDunia, wonders how relevant and practical IRS can be made to attain true worthiness as a print currency. According to him, the IRS needs to mature as a currency to increase its worth, and not be relevant because it is the only currency, but because it is ‘the’ currency.
The Indian Readership Survey (IRS) deserves complete credit for giving the industry a currency in the absence of any other, and for bringing out data in time even after making it quarterly. However, readership measurement in India per se needs concerted attention, and hence, it is important for the industry to work with a deadline for the proposed IRS-NRS merger.
Media Research Users Council (MRUC) is in the process of extending the Indian Outdoor Survey (IOS) this year. MRUC is all set to invite fresh bids from research agencies, including incumbent Hansa Research, to conduct a broader IOS, which will cover more markets.
The Indian Readership Survey (IRS) Q2 2010 results for the radio industry show Radio Mirchi as the leading FM radio station in India in terms of listenership. Radio Mirchi has registered a listenership of 41,799,000 in the latest quarter. This is a huge gap from the No. 2 FM player Big FM, which has garnered a listenership of 22,692,000.