Local television news programming has shed audience over the past decade, but it still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs.
Network TV news – appointment viewing for many Americans – saw its audience decline over the past year.
Most Americans continue to get news on social media, even though many have concerns about its accuracy.
In seven Western European countries surveyed, the top main source for news is a public news organization – such as the BBC in the UK, Sveriges Television/Radio (SVT/Radio) in Sweden or ARD in Germany – rather than a private one.
Just 50% of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57% a year prior in early 2016.
Network TV news – appointment viewing for more than 20 million Americans – has experienced relative stability in the size of its audience over the past decade.
Cable TV is home to a set of news channels that have become a destination for political news.
As of 2016, Sinclair, Nexstar, Gray, Tegna and Tribune owned an estimated 37% of all full-power local TV stations in the country.
This project – using the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as a case study model – examines the question of how media coverage of a current issue in the news relates to public interest in the issue and its relevance to their own lives.
Digital news continues to evolve, pushed by a variety of recent innovations. Here are 10 key findings that show how these shifts are reshaping Americans’ news habits.