Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) is a consumer research company in the United States that collects listener data on radio broadcasting audiences. It was founded as the American Research Bureau by Jim Seiler in 1949 and became national by merging with Los Angeles-based Coffin, Cooper, and Clay in the early 1950s. The company's initial business was the collection of broadcast television ratings.The company changed its name to Arbitron in the mid‑1960s, the namesake of the Arbitron System, a centralized statistical computer with leased lines to viewers' homes to monitor their activity. Deployed in New York, it gave instant ratings data on what people were watching.
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  • Ad fraud: The oldest trick in the media book

    … Arbitron diaries, the survey books used to create radio ratings. Our radio station, in other words, had found a way to report its own ratings – and generate thousands of listeners who did not really exist. Oops. Welcome to the world of ad fraud. Today this ethical morass has expanded in the digital world. Later on in my career, as I moved…

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