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Producer Price Indexes

Producer Price Index for the Television Broadcast Station Industry — NAICS 516120

As part of an ongoing effort by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to expand Producer Price Index (PPI) coverage of the services sector of the U.S. economy, a new price index for the television broadcasting industry was introduced into the PPI in July 2002, with historical data dating to June 2001. The PPI for television broadcasting stations, NAICS 516120 in the North American Industry Classification System, appears in the PPI Detailed Report and is available online through this website.

The index for the television broadcasting station industry measures the average change in prices television broadcasting stations receive for the sale of advertising time and for other broadcasting services they provide.

The detailed categories within this industry for which indexes are available include:

The index for Television station advertising sales measures the change in rates that local television stations receive for the sale of advertising time. The preferred method for tracking price change is an average unit rate. This rate is calculated by dividing the total revenue earned from advertising sales for a specific period by the number of spots that aired during the period.

The index for Other television station broadcasting services include network affiliation agreements and retransmission fees. Network affiliation agreements are where television networks pay a fee to their affiliated stations for agreeing to air network programming and nationally sold commercials. Retransmission fees measure the compensation broadcast stations receive from cable operators and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) for the right to carry their programming.


Last Modified Date: March 10, 2023