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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. How does Media Forest generate the data provided in its airplay reports?
A: Using its proprietary technology, Media Forest monitors the air transmissions of selected Radio stations and TV channels, and recognizes in real time specific content played by them, based upon a very small fragment of the audio played.
Q.2. How does the Media Forest technology work?
A: Media Forest proprietary technology is based on acoustic wave fingerprinting, thus capturing relevant features of the audio stream and comparing those features to a set of stored content attributes on the database created by Media Forest.
Q.3. What type of information can Media Forest provide regarding the broadcast of a given content (song track, clip, advertisement, etc...)?
A: The Media Forest system provides the following information:
  • The song name and the name of the performing artist
  • The name of the radio station or TV channel which broadcasted the content
  • The moment (date and time down to seconds) when the broadcast event occurred
  • The duration (length in seconds) of the broadcast
  • The position (starting point in seconds) of the broadcasted content part within the entire fingerprinted content
  • An indicative flag for Full or Partial Play shows the user if the song has been entirely or partially played.
Q.1. When are the weekly Media Forest charts published?
A: Media Forest publishes the weekly airplay charts once a week: every Monday.
The airplay charts contain data generated by the Media Forest system according to any song played during the period starting the previous Monday at time 00:00:00 and ending Sunday night at 23:59:59.
Q.2 Which Radio/TV channels are taken into consideration when making the Media Forest Weekly Airplay Charts?
A: From the total list of selected channels only the following channels are taken into consideration when making the Weekly Airplay Charts
Radio Stations:
  • EUROPA FM
  • KISS FM
  • MAGIC FM
  • NATIONAL FM
  • PRO FM
  • RADIO ZU
  • RO ACTUALITATI
  • VIRGIN RADIO

TV Channels:
  • 1 MUSIC CHANNEL
  • KISS TV
  • MTV ROMANIA
  • U TV
  • ZU TV
Q: 3. How is the airplay score calculated?
A: Every time a song plays on one of the selected channels that counts for the airplay charts (as mentioned in the list above), then the respective song gets 1 additional point.
The final number of points is the equivalent of the total number of valid broadcasts (# of song plays)
All the channels count equally.
Q.4. Which is the criterion used to determine a valid broadcast?
A: Any Full Play of a song is a valid broadcast countable for the airplay charts. Thus, the artificial influence on the charts by jingles or promotional advertisements is prevented.
Q. 5. What songs are taken into consideration when making the artists weekly chart?
A: All the songs having their digital fingerprints defined in the system. Any valid broadcast of any song on any of the Radio stations and TV channels mentioned above is added to the specific artist total score.
If you are an artist or an artist representative and wish to make sure that we have your songs, all you need to do is contact us so that we can perform this verification together.
Q.6. Can anyone influence the position in the Media Forest airplay charts?
A: Yes, by producing high quality songs which are later played on Radio stations and TV channels.
Q.1. When are the Real Time charts published?
A: The real time charts are updated every second. These charts show the real airplay situation at any moment, hence the name of real time charts.
Q.2. Which Radio/TV channels are taken into consideration when making the real time charts?
A: Absolutely all the channels monitored by Media Forest. To see a full list, check the "Coverage" page of the website.
Q.3. How is the score calculated in the case of Real Time charts?
A: Any broadcast irrespective of its duration will be considered as 1 point. In other words, the real time charts take into account every type of play, including: full and partial (promo, commercial ...) plays.
Q.1. What is the MediaForest Seasonal/Annual Chart?
A: It is a Radio chart of the Romanian tracks integrated with the official audience numbers published by Asociatia Romana de Audienta ARA. (Romanian Association for Audience Numbers)
Q.2. When are the Seasonal/Annual Charts published?
A: Shortly after the Radio Audience Numbers are being published on www.audienta-radio.ro/default.aspx?id=7
Q.3. What Radio channels are taken into consideration for the Seasonal/Annual Charts ?
A: From the total list of monitored Radio stations only the following are taken into consideration:
  • EUROPA FM
  • KISS FM
  • MAGIC FM
  • NATIONAL FM
  • PRO FM
  • RADIO RO ACTUALITATI
  • RADIO ZU
Q.4. What is the given time period for the Seasonal/Annual Charts ?
A: The time period is that published by ARA as being First, Second or Third Wave of Audience. The Annual Charts include all three waves.
Q.5. What criterion determines the songs taken into consideration when making the chart?
A: Same as for the weekly charts where only the fully played tracks are taken into consideration.
Q.6. How is the score calculated?
A: The number of times a song is played on the radio is multiplied by the number of listeners each radio has.
Q.1. Is RT 100 broadcasted by KISS TV and Romanian Top 100 one and the same ?
A: Indeed it is. RT 100 is powered by Media Forest.
Q.2. What is RT 100 ?
A: RT 100 is a weekly mixt chart (with both Romanian and International songs).
Q.3. How is RT 100 different from Media Forest Weekly Chart then ?
A: First of all by the number of positions. Then by the list of channels taken into account and by the different days of the week as detailed below.
Q.4. What Radio/TV channels are taken into consideration when making RT 100?
A: Only the following channels:

Radio:
  • Dance FM
  • Kiss FM
  • Pro FM
  • Radio ZU
  • Virgin Radio

TV:
  • 1 Music Channel
  • Kiss TV
  • MTV Romania
  • U TV
  • ZU TV
Q.5. What is the time period for RT 100?
A: RT 100 is based on the information gathered by the system during one week beginning Tuesday 00:00:00 hours to Monday 23:59:59 hours.
Q.6. Why is RT 100 not published on Media Forest website?
A: Because RT 100 has its own dedicated webpage on www.rt100.ro. Media Forest tells you instead the composition criteria.
Q.1. What are the daily charts?
A: The most played ten songs of the day and of the day before.
Q.2. What channels are taken into consideration for the daily charts?
A: The same selection of channels as for the Weekly charts. The channels appear on the right hand side of the screen as small icons.
Q.3. Does this mean that the daily charts make up the weekly charts published every Monday?
A: YES.
Q.4. What is the difference between daily charts and real-time charts?
A: Real time charts take into consideration ALL the radio channels and ALL the TV stations monitored by MediaForest, while the daily charts only a selection.