Key findings

Introduction

Mobiles and tablets

  • The use of smartphones for news has jumped significantly in the past year, but tablet growth has slowed.
  • Almost half of online news users across all countries (45%) use two or more digital devices each week for news and a quarter (25%) now say their mobile phone is their primary access point - up from 20% last year.
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Disruption to traditional media

  • We see increased usage of digital-born brands that produce content for a mobile and social world. Buzzfeed has doubled its market share in the United States to 10% with the Huffington Post now neck and neck with Yahoo News.
  • But three quarters (74%) still access a traditional newspaper in print or online each week. 89% access a broadcaster via TV, radio or online.
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Business of journalism

  • Sales of printed newspapers have continued to fall in most countries but we no discernible increase in paid online content – or in willingness to pay. Only 6% pay for news in the Uk, rising to 14% in Finland
  • we find significant consumer dissatisfaction with online advertising, expressed through the rapid take up of ad blockers (47% in US and 39% in the UK) and disquiet over the blurring lines between editorial and advertising.
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  • Facebook has increased its hold on news distribution over the past year with referrals to top news sites up 42%. Across all countries 41% use Facebook for news each week. Brazilians use it most (70%), Japanese least (11%).
  • Younger generations are turning to newer networks like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Tumblr but take up is uneven. 27% use WhatsApp for news in Spain but only 1% in the United States.
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Comment & analysis

James Harding Mind the Gap

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Survey Methodology

The polling was conducted by YouGov in January 2015 using online samples in ten countries. Find out more about the methods involved.

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Resources

You can view or download a Powerpoint presentation of all of the charts and tables in the 2015 report.

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