80% of Irish people access news daily

More than 80% of Irish people access some form of news every day, but the ways in which we consume information continues to change.

Television remains the most popular platform for accessing news, although there has been a 3% decline since last year.

Radio is the first point of contact for 39% of consumers, although the number of people who log on first thing continues to rise. Just over one in two people (53%) buy a newspaper daily.

Figures released by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism show the 55-plus age group are the heaviest news consumers across television, radio, print, and websites, with 21% using social media to access news.

Those aged 25 to 34 are most likely to use social media to access news, at 27%.

Trust in the news in Ireland increased by 4% over the past year but it remains low — only half of people believe they can trust most news most of the time.

The report found the kind of news we consume varies by age, with those under 35 more interested in sport than politics. Women prefer health, education, and lifestyle news, while men show a preference for sport, politics, and business.

It is the second year that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has funded the inclusion of Ireland in the Reuters Institute Digital News Report.

Chief executive Michael O’Keeffe said the provision of well-resourced news and current affairs and the facilitation of conversation and debate are important safeguards in a democratic society.

Dolan O’Hagan, digital editor of www.irishexaminer.com, said the report was a hugely welcome addition to the debate around the future direction of the media landscape and the importance of original journalism as an essential and central plank of our democracy.

He said: “It is perhaps not as clear as we would like in the report but the fact is that according to the report’s findings, when combined, the two major Landmark digital titles, irishexaminer.com and breakingnews.ie, are now second only to rte.ie and ahead of Independent/Herald online, thejournal.ie, and The Irish Times online when it comes to weekly digital reach.

“That is a huge success story for a media company based outside the capital and one all employees should be proud of. We thank our ever-growing audience base in every county of Ireland for granting us that privilege.”


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