News consumption in the UK

24 March 2015

The aim of this series of reports is to inform an understanding of news consumption across the UK, and within each UK nation. The findings are published as part of our range of market research publications that examine people’s consumption of, and attitudes towards, different types of content on different platforms.

This report provides the findings of Ofcom’s 2016 research into news consumption across television, radio, print and online. It is published as part of our range of market research reports which examine the consumption of content, and attitudes towards that content, across different platforms.

The aim of this slide pack report is to inform an understanding of news consumption across the UK and within each UK nation. This includes sources and platforms used,  the perceived importance of different outlets for news, attitudes to individual news sources, local news use and news consumption in the nations.

The primary source is Ofcom’s News Consumption Survey. The report also contains information from our Media Tracker survey, and a range of industry currencies including BARB for television viewing, NRS for national newspaper readership, ABC for newspaper circulation, and comScore for online consumption.

News consumption in the UK: 2016 report (PDF, 1.7 MB)

News consumption in the UK: 2016 data tables (PDF, 26.0 MB)

Note: The tables on this homepage are used for our 2016 News Report. The tables published on Ofcom’s Statistical Release Calendar 2017 use a different base for “internet users” than the one we use in our Report. For comparability with our News Report the tables above should be used.

News consumption in the UK: 2016 questionnaire (PDF, 402.2 KB)

News consumption in the UK: 2016 raw data (CSV, 18.4 MB)