The PRC meets the needs of fast changing consumer behaviour with Gold Standard reader audience measurement, founded on global and local best-in-class practice, expertise and resources.

Who Are We?

The Publisher Research Council (PRC) is a South African non-profit Joint Industry Council (JIC). It is funded by its member stakeholders, who are active in the print and digital publishing and advertising sectors.

The PRC produces relevant, accurate and useful research that guides advertising media decision-making for agencies and marketers.

Amongst its research products is the biennial Publisher Audience Measurement Survey (PAMS), which is a primary reading currency, designed to achieve an accurate measurement of reading behaviour across multiple platforms.

Another key product is the innovative FUSION research that combines, or fuses, data from different studies at a respondent level to provide richer, deeper consumer insights for more appropriate media advertising decision-making.

Socio-Economic Measure (SEM) is a product that depicts how South Africans live based on what they have access to in and near their homes. (Try the handy PRC SEM Calculator tool here to experience how it works.)

The PRC is at the forefront of media research in South Africa, with innovations such as readership flooding, fusion, multi-method currencies, income weighting and oversampling, geo-segmentation, automated planning tools and Media Imperatives and is firmly committed to delivering the most accurate and representative reader data to its advertising and media stakeholders.

The PRC provides more accurate, insightful research for improved media decision-making.

What we do

The PRC provides innovative “Gold Standard” Reader Audience Measurement founded on global and local best-in-class practice, expertise and resources. We conduct large scale, representative audience and reading efficacy research on behalf of our members. This data is provided to bureaux who in turn supply media planning and crosstab software to media agencies and advertisers to inform effective advertising investment.

In 2017, we conducted six studies with over 76 000 respondents.

In 2018, we pioneered media research FUSION in South Africa.

In 2019 we fused the first PAMS with Nielsen’s Digital Study and Consumer Panel Services to deliver PAMS Brands People, Products and Platforms.

In April 2020 we released PAMS2019.

In November 2020, in partnership with the BRC and Nielsen, we released the 4-way multi FUSION2020 (PAMS, TAMS, CPS, DCS).

With more to follow – WATCH THIS SPACE for further ground breaking multi-fusion studies.



Our mandate

  • Commission and co-ordinate research which is required by, or is relevant to, the advertising, marketing and media industries.
  • Commission, develop and provide an accepted cross platform readership currency research for the use of the advertising, marketing and media industries.
  • Facilitate the incorporation of audited circulation data so that this metric can be synchronised with the readership panel measurement.
  • Promote and maintain fair, reasonable and proper standards of audience research for printed and digitally published media.
  • Foster and maintain innovation in research development.
  • Support and foster additional collaborative media industry-wide research.
  • Advance relationships and collaborate with other industry bodies to develop cross platform media research, including but not limited to IAB, BRC, MMA, AIP, MASA, AMF, ABC and ACA
  • Expand membership and utilise contributions to fund ongoing media industry research.
  • Educate the media planning and buying industry in respect of the utilisation of the findings of the research and the value and role of printed and digitally published media formats.
  • Develop and collate case studies, articles and white papers demonstrating the value of print and digitally published media.

Our Team

Josephine Buys


Media and marketing pioneer Josephine Buys’ diverse career has placed her at the forefront of embracing media in a variety of industries and platforms, from publishing and entertainment, to agencies and the public sector. Her experience spans sales, marketing, brand development and e-commerce…

helping organisations to affect real and lasting change in the marketing and advertising sector.

Her career has included the launch of GQ to a skeptical South African market and steering FHM into its highest-ever (at the time) advertising revenues and sponsorships. Her role as part of the launch team on The Property Magazine ignited her passion for digital, when its page-turning digital edition was launched during the height of the property boom. Soon after, as account manager at digital agency Purple Cow, she presented ‘demystifying digital media’ in its infancy to the industry at large igniting some inaugural SEO and PPC adspend and early rich media concepts into the booming digital space.

From 2008 – 2014, Josephine managed her own brand development consultancy applying her expertise in media and marketing to both large corporates and smaller businesses, helping each of them to cross a threshold into new markets and guiding many into digital for the first time.

In 2014, a turning point for harnessing digital, the IAB (formerly the Digital Media & Marketing Association and prior to that, the original Online Publishers’ Association) appointed Josephine to serve 100+ members including online publishers, brands, educational institutions, creative, media and digital agencies, by leading the transition into a new age for media in SA. As the inaugural CEO of the 42nd chapter of the global IAB organisation, Josephine managed and hosted the annual Summit & Bookmarks until 2018.

Appointed as the inaugural CEO of the PRC in April 2019, Josephine now represents a trusted collective of SA’s major publishers, creating awareness of the power of the written word, by promoting read media (print and online) and commissioning several multimillion Rand research studies to demonstrate the quality of readers and the importance of print publishing in the marketing mix.

Peter Langschmidt

Research Consultant

Peter has spent over 35 years in Research, Advertising, Media and Marketing. A previous strategic planning and media director of SA’s largest agency group, Peter now consults to blue chip companies and specialises in working with media owners, including Naspers, Kagiso, Caxton and Facebook.

He is currently on the IAB Measurement Council and the lead consultant to the Publisher Research Council. The PRC conduct audience and efficacy research for all of the major newspaper, magazine and website publishing groups in South Africa, as well as the smaller independent publishers.


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