Media News and Media Moves – May 21st 2018
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Sun wins battle of websites
The Sun claims it is now the biggest online newspaper in the UK following new audience data. The latest figures from Comscore showed the Sun – along with its associated websites, including Sun Bingo – achieved a monthly reach of 30.2 million UK users in April. Its biggest competitor, MailOnline, had a total of 29.6 million in the same period, following a small month-on-month drop. The Guardian came third in the latest ratings, while the Mirror suffered the biggest month-on-month change, down 12.2 per cent to just under 16 million monthly unique visitors.
ITV is the most politically neutral broadcaster, with Channel 4 also better than the BBC, a new poll has suggested. The survey of 1,048 people in the UK by BMG found 45 per cent thought ITV was ‘politically neutral or balanced’, compared to 37 per cent for the BBC and 41 per cent for Channel 4. The BBC was seen as the most strongly biased towards right-wing views, while Russia Today was the worst for left-wing views.
Least trusted media
A separate poll suggested the UK’s media is the least trusted in comparison to other European countries including France, Germany and Italy. The Pew Research Center surveyed 16,000 people across eight European countries, which also included Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, and found less than half of UK adults said the country’s media was doing a good job of ‘getting the facts right’ and covering important stories, especially when it came to immigration.
Live and Discover
The Guardian has introduced two paid-for features, which have been described as a ‘reward’ for its ‘most avid readers’. ‘Live’, which will include a feed of the latest Guardian news, and ‘Discover’, which will include long-reads, interviews and recipes, will be available for £5.99 a month. The Press Gazette reported that Caspar Llewellyn Smith, editor of the publication’s digital platform, said the move did not mean the publication’s ‘journalism’ was going behind a pay-wall.
Graph of the Week
UK newspaper print circulation, 2000-2018 pic.twitter.com/R6ecstFqYn
— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) May 17, 2018
Lucy Denyer has been appointed deputy editor of the Telegraph’s Comment section, having previously worked on the desk as an assistant editor.
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