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Readership of news media up for second year in row

News media grew by 2 per cent in 2017 for the second consecutive year as consumers increasingly recognise its trustworthy and credible content

In December 2017, 16.9 million people, or 90 per cent of the population (aged 14+), read news media across all platforms.

Almost three quarters of the population (74 per cent, or 13.8 million people) consumed news media on digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Newspapers alone were read by 12.8 million people, or 68 per cent of the population in December.

National news media was read by 2.5 million, or 13 per cent, of the population. Metro newspapers were read by 10.6 million people, or 56 per cent of consumers, over the same period.

Regional and community news media brands were read by 6.5 million people, or 35 per cent of the population during December. A total of 3.1 million people (or 17 per cent aged 14+), read regional newspapers, while community newspapers were read by 3.5 million (or 19 per cent aged 14+).

“Since 2015 we have seen more than half a million additional Australians turning to news media, consuming premium content they know they can trust . The great majority of major news brands have seen readership growth in print and digital audiences in 2017. In contrast, Australian’s social media usage is now in year-on-year decline, consistent with negative audience growth in Canada and the U.S.,” NewsMediaWorks CEO Peter Miller said.

“News media’s engaged and growing audience is a proven way to build businesses – something advertisers continue to recognize and support.” The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s highest-reaching title across all platforms with 5.18 million readers. The Daily Telegraph followed, reaching 4.18 million readers and the Herald Sun on 4.1 million.



1. emmaTM, 12 months to December 2017. Readership based on last four weeks. Trends compared with 12 months to December 2016. Survey conducted by Ipsos Connect, people 14+, Nielsen Digital Ratings (Monthly), December 2017. Following the introduction of Nielsen Digital Ratings Monthly (DRM) data into emma in February 2016, year on year comparisons of digital audiences are valid from February 2017 onwards.

2. Galaxy Research online questionnaire, June 2017 was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 2,863 Australians aged 18 years and older. Results referred to are Net ADTRUST and Net CONTENT TRUST which, on a scale from 1 to 7, is Percentage agreeing (5,6,7) less Percentage disagreeing (1,2,3).

3. emmaTM, 12 months to December 2017. 12.6m Australians use

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