There are a couple of items related to TV Ratings that we need to bring to everyone’s attention:
Availability of Overnight ratings
Starting this week, OzTAM will start delivering the overnight ratings every morning via an automated means - the biggest change with this is that we will now get overnight ratings for weekends and public holidays the next morning rather than having to wait for the next working day.
In the case of an issue that prevents OzTAM from supplying on this timeframe, they will provide the ratings on the next business day
This is a significant and welcomed change
Availability of Ratings Data
OzTAM have requested us (and others) to remove ratings data that is more than two years old in line with their data licence agreement by June 30th. Subsequently, access to the ratings archive forums will be removed for years meeting this criteria.
While this is an unfortunate situation - the agreement has always required this and we will be complying (likely before the final date). We will also proactively remove access to data that falls outside of this period in future years.
OzTAM has also clarified what data is permissible to use in accordance with the agreement, we welcome this as there had been some confusion. Based on this clarification, it appears that we have had good compliance with the requirements and our existing rules regarding publishing ratings data will continue to apply.
I understand that people will have questions or concerns (especially around the second item) and we will do our best to answer them - but its important to remember that without the agreement we would lose the ability to post the ratings (which generate considerable discussion and traffic to the site) and we are not in a position to seek a deal on any commercial terms, so we are thankful that OzTAM permits the sharing of their data here.
ADMIN NOTE: This post will remain pinned in the TV Ratings forum until July 1st