Covid-19 news and information: consumption and attitudes – previous results

22 September 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.

This page contains results from the first ten weeks of the survey. You can also view the latest findings and our interactive data portal.

Week ten

We also published the following pieces of analysis. The misinformation report summarises the findings from the questions we have asked about Covid-19 related misinformation, as a contribution to the ongoing debates around the topic. We also have an update on the effects of the pandemic on online consumption.

Covid-19 news and information: summary of views about misinformation (PDF, 258.9 KB)

Effects of Covid-19 on online consumption (PDF, 240.8 KB)

Week eight

We have also published the following piece of analysis:

Early effects of Covid-19 on TV viewing (PDF, 193.5 KB)

Week seven

We will now be publishing the key findings from this research on a fortnightly basis, with our next full report due on Tuesday 26 May. Our interactive data report will continue to be updated on a weekly basis.

We have also published the following report. In this report, ten participants from our qualitative Adults' Media Lives study were interviewed using a video conferencing platform in the early-lockdown period (30 March – 6 April 2020). Participants discussed how the lockdown was affecting them, how their media behaviour was changing and how they were staying informed at this time.

Although the sample is small, participants represented a cross-section of individuals aged 20-75 across the UK, affected by lockdown in different ways.

Adults' Media Lives: Covid-19 early lockdown interviews (PDF, 136.8 KB)

Week six

We have also published the following pieces of analysis:

Covid-19 news and information: 12-15 year old children's news consumption and attitudes (PDF, 286.0 KB)

Covid-19 news and information: 12-15 year old children's news consumption and attitudes – data tables (XLSX, 342.5 KB)

Covid-19 news and information: 12-15 year old children's news consumption and attitudes – data (CSV, 242.0 KB)

Covid-19 news and information: 12-15 year old children's news consumption and attitudes – questions (PDF, 157.8 KB)

We have also published the following pieces of analysis:

Results by ethnicity, using a combined dataset from weeks one to four of the survey (PDF, 262.3 KB)

Early effects of Covid-19 on online consumption (PDF, 189.0 KB)

Week four

We have also published the following pieces of analysis:

Results by UK nation, using a combined dataset from weeks one to four of the survey (PDF, 526.4 KB)

Newyddion a gwybodaeth am Covid-19: defnydd ac agweddau – canlyniadau’r DU fesul Gwlad (tonnau un i bedwar arolwg ar-lein Ofcom wedi'u cyfuno) (PDF, 330.6 KB)

Our latest analysis of TV consumption using BARB data (PDF, 191.6 KB)

Weeks one to three

Covid-19 news and information: consumption and attitudes – results from weeks one to three (PDF, 327.6 KB)

Newyddion a gwybodaeth am Covid-19: defnydd ac agweddau – canlyniadau arolwg ar-lein Ofcom ar gyfer wythnos un i dri (PDF, 446.3 KB)

Week one

Covid-19 news and information: consumption and attitudes – results from week one (PDF, 262.9 KB)

Newyddion a gwybodaeth am Covid-19: defnydd ac agweddau – canlyniadau arolwg ar-lein Ofcom ar gyfer wythnos (PDF, 284.0 KB)