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Stop the presses: Canadian newspaper readership at an all-time high

Wednesday, 08 May 2019. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Stop the presses: Canadian newspaper readership at an all-time high

In the midst of continued discussion and debate about the state of Canadian media, the seventh annual Newspapers 24/7 Report (an annual benchmark of Canadian newspaper readership conducted by Totum Research on behalf of News Media Canada) found that readership of Canadian newspapers is at an all-time high.

According to the survey, which was conducted in February of this year, 88% of Canadians read a newspaper, in either print or digital format, at least once a week—a three per cent increase from the inaugural study, which was conducted in 2012.

“Given heightened levels of global mistrust, we’re seeing a clear and continued affinity for the reliable reporting that newspapers provide,” said Bob Cox, Chair, News Media Canada. “Newspapers continue to be the go-to source for credible, trusted and independent news, in both print and digital formats.”

Unsurprisingly, digital newspaper readership continues to increase year-over-year: the 2019 report found that 83% of newspaper readers are accessing at least some of their newspaper content online.

Interestingly, however, the majority of these readers are using that digital content to supplement—not replace—readership of a print edition of the newspaper. In total, 52% of newspaper readers access newspaper content from both print and online sources.

“This year’s research clearly demonstrates that both print and digital newspaper sources play a unique and distinct role in the lives of Canadians,” said Claude Heimann, President, Totum Research.

“For example, it’s clear that people like to start their day with the comprehensive and in-depth reporting of a print newspaper, and then stay up-to-date on breaking news on digital as the day progresses.

The report confirms that most print reading happens early in the day, while digital reading is more consistent from morning to night.

Finally, the research specifically looked at the newspaper reading habits of younger Canadians. And while Millennials have been blamed for the death of everything from mayonnaise to department stores, newspapers appear to have avoided that curse: 88% of Millennials read newspapers weekly, accessing newspaper content primarily through their mobile phones.

Nine of ten Canadians (88%) read a newspaper on any platform each week. Newspaper access is multi-platform – one-third of adults (34%) read on ALL FOUR platforms. 

While more adults continue to embrace technology to read newspaper content, 6 out of 10 adults continue to access print editions. Every platform (print, desktop/laptop, phone and tablet) is accessed by every demographic to read newspaper content.

About the study:

This is the seventh Newspapers 24/7 study released since 2012. 

This study was designed to explore how Canadians read daily and community newspaper content, on different platforms and at different times during the day.

Since the first study there have been shifts in reading by platform but one thing has not changed: Canadians continue to access newspaper content across all the various platforms. 

In 2012, 85% of Canadians reported that they read newspapers on any platform, over the course of a week and in 2019 that number has climbed to 88%.

The 2019 study was conducted in February 2019 across all provinces, in English and French and consists of 800 online interviews.

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