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News consumption in the UK

13 August 2020

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.

2020 report

Key research findings: TV remains most popular platform for news. Fewer people are now getting news from social media as figures return to 2018 levels. The numbers have dipped from 49% in 2019 to 45% in 2020. Levels of trust, impartiality and accuracy in news from social media has decreased this year. Less people are likely to share and engage with news related content from social media platforms such as Facebook this year.

News consumption in the UK: 2020 report (PDF, 6.5 MB)

News consumption in the UK: overview of 2020 findings (PDF, 297.5 KB)

Adults news consumption in the UK: 2020 data tables (XLSX, 10.5 MB)

Adults news consumption in the UK: 2020 questionnaire (PDF, 530.7 KB)

Adults news consumption in the UK: 2020 raw data (CSV, 39.2 MB)

Adults news consumption in the UK: 2020 technical report (PDF, 189.5 KB)

Children's news consumption in the UK: 2020 data tables (XLSX, 3.2 MB)

Children's news consumption in the UK: 2020 questionnaire (PDF, 360.6 KB)

Children's news consumption in the UK: 2020 raw data (CSV, 2.8 MB)

Children's news consumption in the UK: 2020 technical report (PDF, 158.2 KB)

Nations Reports

News Consumption Survey - Scotland (PDF, 951.7 KB)

News Consumption Survey - Northern Ireland (PDF, 891.1 KB)

News Consumption Survey - Wales (PDF, 816.5 KB)