Essential Report

Paying for news and information

Sep 29, 2015

Q. Thinking about news and information services, do you currently purchase or pay a subscription for any of the following?

Yes, pay for

Read/view but do not pay for

Do not read/view

Pay – men

Pay – women

Pay – aged 18-34

Pay – aged 35-54

Pay – aged 55+

Printed newspapers

28%

35%

37%

30%

27%

13%

29%

46%

Online access to newspapers

7%

58%

35%

8%

7%

6%

7%

10%

Printed magazines

23%

30%

47%

18%

27%

16%

22%

29%

Online access to magazines

3%

33%

64%

3%

3%

4%

2%

2%

TV programs

25%

59%

16%

25%

24%

23%

26%

24%

Access to other news and information websites

4%

69%

27%

4%

4%

4%

3%

5%

28% say they purchase printed newspapers and 23% purchase printed magazines.
7% say they pay for online access to newspapers and 3% pay for online access to magazines.

Those aged under 35 are less likely to pay for printed newspapers (13%) and magazines (16%). Respondents aged 55+ were a little more likely to pay for access to online newspapers (10%).

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