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Covid-19 news and information: consumption and attitudes

20 October 2020

As a response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Ofcom is providing a range of information about how people are getting news and information about the crisis.

In late March, we commissioned an online survey of around 2,000 people every week. This continued until week 14 of lockdown (in June), at which point we moved to monthly surveys. We also provide key findings from other datasets such as BARB and ComScore.

We are publishing this under our media literacy duties, as part of our Making Sense of Media programme. This work furthers our understanding around the access, consumption and critical engagement with news at this time, recognising that habits may intensify or change given the nature of the crisis. For pre-Covid-19 news consumption and attitudes, please see our News Consumption Survey.

Given the increased concern about misinformation during this time, we are also providing information about fact-checking and debunking sites and tools.

Results from week 29

We have also published the following analysis:

Effects of Covid-19 on TV viewing (October 2020) (PDF, 217.8 KB)

Effects of Covid-19 on online consumption (October 2020) (PDF, 363.4 KB)

Previous results

Week 25

We have also published the following analysis:

Covid-19 news and information: summary of views about misinformation (PDF, 341.4 KB)

Effects of Covid-19 on online consumption (September 2020) (PDF, 495.4 KB)

Effects of Covid-19 on TV viewing (September 2020) (PDF, 205.4 KB)

Week 20

We have also published the following analysis:

Effects of Covid-19 on TV viewing (PDF, 250.3 KB)

Week 14

We have also published the following pieces of analysis:

Covid-19 news and information: summary of views about misinformation (PDF, 284.1 KB)

Effects of Covid-19 on online consumption (PDF, 303.1 KB)

Effects of Covid-19 on TV viewing (PDF, 191.4 KB)

Week 12

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