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Internet Gaining Popularity As Public’s News Source Of Choice

The Internet is catching up with television as the public’s main source of news consumption, a new study by the Pew Research Center shows.

The latest findings suggest that 41 per cent of the North American population use the Internet more often than anything else to keep up date with national and international news. That figure has risen from just 13 per cent nine years ago.

Television is still the main source of news for the majority of Americans with 66 per cent citing the format as the one they use most often, and is still as high as 75 per cent amongst those with no qualifications higher than high school education.

Average news viewership in America has fallen from 74 per cent in 2007 and 82 per cent in 2002.

The research also reveals the steady demise in newspaper readership, with 31 per cent of Americans citing the printed format as their main news source, falling from a high of 50 per cent in 2003 (the annual study having begun in 2001).