A new study of Americans’ media consumption found that nearly half spend at least 30 minutes a day getting their news from TV.
That’s some of the good news for the so-called mainstream media in a biennial study released Monday by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press.
getting their news on the Web. The study said that one-third of U.S. residents get their news online, while only 1 in 50 did a decade ago. But the audience has grown more slowly since 2000 and is skewing older.
“Online news has evolved as a supplemental source that is used along with traditional news media outlets,” the Pew study said. “It is valued more for headlines and convenience, not detailed, in-depth reporting.”
Yet all isn’t rosy for TV news. Both local and network news have continued their steep declines, with only 54% of people saying they are regular viewers of local TV news (compared with 77% in 1993) and only 28% regularly watching network evening news (compared with 60% in 1993). Cable TV news consumption has remained relatively steady at 34%, as has network morning news at 23%.