Report: 2012 Political Ad Revenue to Set New Records
Predicts 9%-18% growth from 2010's $2.3B
By Lindsay Rubino -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/21/2011 1:38:19 PM
The "U.S. Broadcasters Get Ready for Record-Breaking Political Ad Spending in 2012" report estimates a 9%-18% revenue growth from 2010's $2.3 billion, according to the agency's base-case scenario for the U.S. pure-play broadcast industry. The presidential election will not be constrained by campaign spending limits due to the Supreme Court's 2010 decision to end spending caps on political advertising; just as the decision benefited the broadcast industry during the 2010 midterm elections, the industry is looking at even bigger increases.
"Virtually all US broadcasters will benefit from spending on political ads in 2012 but especially those speculative-grade operators that saw the biggest percentage increases in total revenues from political ads in 2010," said Carl Salas, VP and senior analyst, Moody's.
Companies that own broadcast operations in states poised for heated political contest will see greater benefits, including Barrington, Local TV and Nexstar. Salas says that not all broadcasters will see the record-breaking increases, such as Belo and Sinclair Broadcast Group, due to more diverse revenue streams that rely less on political advertising. .
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