Digital news report: Australia 2016

DOI: 10.4225/50/5754F7090A5C5
15 June 2016

Digital News Report: Australia 2016, the second annual survey of news consumption in Australia, builds on last year's debut to provide a clearer picture than ever before of how news is currently being consumed both within Australia and globally, with a particular focus on digital news consumption and pathways to accessing the news.

The report is part of a global survey encompassing 25 other countries: Austria, Belgium, urban Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, urban Turkey, the UK, and the USA.

Key Findings:

  • Terrestrial TV (53.9%) and social media (52.2%) were reported as the most popular source of news in the week prior to the survey.
  • But when asked for one main source of news, 37.6% replied TV; 27.4% replied online news; 18.5% replied social network services / blogs.
  • Radio news programs (39.6%), printed newspapers (35.4%) and websites of newspapers (32.5%) were also widely used as sources of news.
  • Traditional media news consumption – TV, print and radio – is regarded as the main source (52.3%) and this is reflected to some extent in online news consumption, where the top source of news among online media was through websites or apps of newspapers (21.7%).

The Digital News Report: Australia 2016 is a collaboration between the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.


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Jerry Watkins, Sora Park, R. Warwick Blood, Megan Deas, Michelle Dunne Breen, Caroline Fisher, Glen Fuller, Jee Young Lee, Franco Papandrea, Matthew Ricketson, 2016, Digital news report: Australia 2016, University of Canberra, News and Media Research Centre (UC), viewed 01 May 2017, <>.

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