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Saturday, 5th July 2014

News Consumption in the UK: 2014 Report

Source: Ofcom (UK)

From Press Release:

Accessing news on the web and mobile apps is now as popular as reading a newspaper, new Ofcom research finds.

Some 41% of people say they now access news on websites and apps, up significantly from 32% in 2013.

Four in ten people (40%) say that they read newspapers to follow the news, which is unchanged year on year, according to Ofcom’s News Consumption in the UK report.
At the same time, using websites or apps has overtaken the radio (36%) as a way of catching-up on the news.

Younger people (16-24) are driving the surge in consuming news on the internet or apps, with 60% doing so in 2014, up from 44% last year. Some 45% of 16-24s said that websites or apps were their most important sources for news, up by a half over the year (30% in 2013).

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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