Survey of Audience’s Media Preferences and Consumption Habits: the case of Central and North Gondar Residents

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Asmamaw Addis
Mustofa Worku
Menychle Meseret
Getachew Mekonen
Agegnehu tesfa (PhD.)
Seid Jibril
Tegegne Deribe
Getu Debalkie
Firdyiwok Abebe
Adane Mandie
Minychil Engida
Emebet Hunegnaw

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This study was conducted in seven Districts of North Gondar Zone and Central Gondar Zone with the main objective of assessing audiences' media preferences. The study was conducted using de- scriptive research design in which both quantitative and qualitative data were concurrently collected. Multistage and systematic sampling techniques were employed to collect quantitative data from 704 respondents. Additionally, 42 key informant interviews and 14 focused group discussions were used to collect the qualitative data. The findings of the study indicated that 36.1 % of the respondents indi- cated that they watch TV to obtain information while only 19.6 %. use radio to seek information. The study also revealed that Amhara radio is the top radio station used by the majority of respondents. A large number of respondents also stated that they chose to tune to radio stations from morning


6:00 am - 8:00 am and evening 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Among the chosen program formats, majority of the respondents preferred programs that broadcasts dialogues, discussions and interviews. In terms of content, many respondents chose programs that focus on health, education and agriculture. The study also recommended that radio programs can be successful if they focus on national peace, rec- onciliation, unity, entrepreneurship, good governance, and issues of family life that are produced by professional and ethical journalists.

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