NEWS15 September 2016

Nielsen to ditch all paper diaries by 2018

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US – Nielsen has announced it will introduce full electronic measurement for its local television ratings in all 210 designated market areas (DMAs) by mid-2017, meaning the end of paper diaries in even the smallest TV markets by early 2018.

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Nielsen will include return path data from set-top boxes and other electronic measurement into local services, including the 140 TV markets currently measured by paper TV diaries.

This will signify the end of paper diaries after more than 60 years of using them to record family TV viewing.

Megan Clarken, president, Nielsen Product Leadership, said: "By tapping into the strengths of return path data and electronic measurement, and combining it with Nielsen’s gold-standard panels and meters, we will be delivering a superior product to help all local clients address current challenges and be better positioned for future trends."