Journalism and current affairs

Authored by: Stephen Cushion

The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415537186
eBook ISBN: 9781315756202
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629474


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More than a decade into the 21st century television news remains by some distance the primary source of information for most people in the UK (Ofcom, 2011). Although online media have rapidly expanded over the last decade or so, with increasing mobile news consumption – on phones, tablets, laptops, workstations and other emerging platforms – television continues to be the most influential medium. Needless to say, television programs today rarely attract the tens of millions they once did. However, far from television being in terminal decline – as many new media enthusiasts had predicted – overall viewing is rising in the multi-channel, online era (Plunkett, 2010). Nevertheless, like in other news media television news audiences have declined since the 1990s and into the new millennium. But despite the ascendancy of multi-channel television the average size of evening television bulletins has remained roughly the same (Ofcom, 2010).

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