Regional TAM Pty Limited is a joint venture comprising the 5 FTA regional commercial networks – NBN Limited, Prime Television Pty Ltd, Seven Queensland, Southern Cross Austereo, and WIN Corporation Pty Ltd.
Collected and marketed by Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, Regional TAM data is the official television audience measurement (TAM) of Free-To-Air and Subscription Television viewing in the five east coast aggregated regional markets including its 19 component sub-markets, and the Regional Western Australian market.
Regional TAM television ratings information is designed to be an independent, reliable and transparent audience measurement system that provides the currency by which television is bought, sold and evaluated. The audience data is used by a range of parties such as television networks, advertisers, media buyers and programme suppliers to aid them to understand viewer behaviour, and in assessing programme or network performance.
Since December 27th 2009, Regional TAM’s service is a live, in-home television viewing ratings service that measures all digital television platforms, including time shift viewing associated with personal video recorders. The growth in the penetration and use of PVRs was a key driver to this service enhancement as importantly, a PVR also allows for ‘shifting’ viewing using the pause and/or record functionality.
The Regional TAM panel currently comprises a total of 3,198 homes (Queensland 812, Northern NSW 700, Southern NSW 570, Victoria 651, Tasmania 285 and Regional West Australia 180) representing a potential audience of 7,859,300 individuals. These household figures are inclusive of the 50% scheduled panel expansion rollout which was finalised and live in the panel as of Sunday 18th June 2017. The increase represented an additional 1,063 homes distributed evenly across all Regional TAM markets.
Dave Walker of the Prime Media Group is the Regional TAM Chairperson. To ensure transparency and accountability, the Regional TAM ratings data is independently audited by The Callaghan Institute
Nielsen TAM commenced delivery of the Regional TAM ratings measurement service in 2003 and they remain the appointed service provider on an ongoing basis.