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National newspaper readership Australia 2019

Of the many newspapers in circulation in Australia, two are distributed nationwide. The Australian is one of them and caters to the largest print readership across the country with the number of readers for its Saturday edition alone having amounted to 539 thousand on average, as of September 2019.

  Public trust in the news

Australia’s consumers of both physical and digital news primarily consisted of older individuals belonging to the mature and baby boomer generations. As per a survey conducted over the period between January and February 2020, media outlets such as ABC News and SBS News were the most trusted news sources in Australia with 72 percent and 71 percent respondents admitting that they were trustworthy. Furthermore, 56 percent of consumers who used newspapers as the main source stated that they trusted the news.

  State and local news in Australia

In yet another survey, it was found that most readers who read newspapers to access local news did so primarily due to factors such as convenience and ease of access. The Mercury in the state of the Saturday edition of Northern Territory News in the Northern Territory were the most circulated in these regions respectively.

National newspaper readership in Australia in the twelve months to September 2019

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

year to December 2019

Supplementary notes

Note: the source does not provide readership information for national Sunday newspapers for the period examined.

Source does not provide publication date; date given is the date of data access.

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