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Where do you get your news?

Nearly half of UK adults now get their news from social media, according to Ofcom’s annual news consumption report. Over the last year, the use of social media for news has risen from 44% to 49% of UK adults and older children. Regarding platforms, Twitter (16%), WhatsApp (14%) and Instagram (13%) were relatively close in popularity.

While TV remains the most popular medium (and BBC One remains the most popular news source, followed by ITV), usage has decreased from 79% to 75%. The internet comes in second place (66%), followed by radio (43%). Over a third of people (38%) get news from newspapers, while this increases to 49% when newspaper websites and apps are included.

In terms of the next generation, six in ten children aged between 12 and 15 say they are interested in news, and three quarters (76%) said they read, watched or listened to news at least once a week. However, reporting on Ofcom’s findings, the Guardian suggested that young people in Britain have ‘almost entirely abandoned television news broadcasts’. The paper highlighted figures from the report which showed ‘while the average person aged 65 and over watches 33 minutes of TV news a day, this falls to just two minutes among people aged 16-24’.

It’s not all bad news

The Daily Mail and General Trust, publisher of the Mail titles and the Metro, has released figures that reveal a 17 per cent year-on-year increase in the nine months to June 2019. The figures include Daily Mail TV in America and come despite a five per cent drop in Mail Online’s average daily unique users to 12.7 million around the world, which the publisher attributes to ‘reduced indirect traffic via search and social platforms’.  Online advertising revenue grew by 13 per cent, which offset a 10 per cent fall in print advertising.

Changing climate coverage

More than 60 news outlets around the world, including the Guardian, HuffPost and Harvard Business Review, have joined the Covering Climate Now initiative ‘to improve coverage of the emergency’. The titles have pledged to ‘dedicate resources’ to covering the climate for the week of 16 September in the lead up to a UN climate summit on 23 September. The aim is to ‘make it clear to…audiences that climate change is not just one more story but the overriding story of our time’.




Reach chief executive Simon Fox is stepping down next month. He will be replaced by Jim Mullen, a former News International director of digital strategy and chief executive of betting firm Ladbroke Coral.

Chris Duce will be news editor at Property Week from September.

Isabel Togoh has joined Forbes as a breaking news reporter.

Sally Wardle has joined The Mail on Sunday as associate health editor.

Steve Goldstein has been appointed European markets editor for MarketWatch.

Alastair Clifton is joining the UK Chamber of Shipping as director of communications.

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