South African Audience Research Foundation
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|Founded||December 4, 1974|
|Purpose||Direct and publish media audience and product/brand research|
|South African Advertising Research Foundation|
- 1973 (24 October): Formation of SAARF (South African Advertising Research Foundation) announced.
- 1974 (4 December): Formally established.
- 1975 (January): Operations began.
- 1975: First research report, SAARF AMPS 1975 (a joint venture with the National Readership Survey).
- 1985: Casper Venter (first General Manager of SAARF) retires. Gert Yssel (formerly Deputy Director General of the SABC) steps in to fill the position.
- 1987: Outdoor was included in AMPS for the first time (was measured again in 1988, 1991 & 1995).
- 1980s (Mid): MARST (Marketing and Advertising Research and Standards Trust) was conceived, to handle the collection of the levy and distribute to ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) and SAARF.
- 1990 (31 January): MARST is formed.
- 1992 (November): MARST is terminated.
- 1996: A new MD of SAARF is appointed, Mike Gorton, who was tasked with a strategic review of SAARF's budget and future plans.
- 2000: SAARF increased the scope of its activities after it conducted strategic reviews to find out what the Industry wanted.
- 2012 (May): SAARF started using IHS Global Insight Regional eXplorer suite of models for their population estimates (previously used Bureau of Market Research of UNISA (BMR)).
- 2012 (July): Name changed to "South African Audience Research Foundation".
- 2013 (June): NAB gives notice of its resignation from SAARF (effective 31 December 2014).
- 2013 (June): Clare O’Neill (chairman) withdrew from the board after SAARF Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- All Media and Products Survey (AMPS): covers the total population of South Africa that is at least 15 years of age (prior to 2009, the survey covered persons 16 years and older). Interviewers with laptops do in-home interviews using Double Screen - Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (DS-CAPI). The AMPS data is released twice a year, based on 12-month rolling data.
- Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS): At the end of the above mentioned interview, a RAMS diary (containing a list of radio stations in South Africa) is left with the respondent for a week so as to gain radio listenership. The RAMS data is released six times a year, based on period-on-period as well as year-on-year data.
- Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS).
|2002||29 791||24 616||5 175|
|2005||24 412||20 412||4 000|
|2013||25 108||21 112||3 996|
|AMPS 1975||AMPS 1985||AMPS 1995||AMPS 2010B||AMPS 2011B||AMPS 2012B||AMPS 2013B|
- "SAARF Website". Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "SAARF changes name, retains acronym". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "SAARF has had a name change". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "Do we need SAARF? Yes!". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "Traversing South Africa's media research landscape". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "Government Communications: SAARF (2002)". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "All about SAARF and the AMPS family of surveys". Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "The SAARF Levy: A short history…and a review of the current situation". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- A History of SAARF (1974 - 1999).
- "SAARF (Methodology)". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "SABC, e.tv support NAB resignation from Saarf". Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- "Saarf/NAB future: broadcasters relish in rocking the boat". Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- "SAARF remains without a chairman of the board". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "SAARF Technical Reports". saarf.co.za. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "AMPS Presentations". saarf.co.za. Retrieved 2 October 2013.