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News consumption in South Korea - Facts and Statistics

Around 69.9 percent of South Koreans were reading the news in 2019. Meanwhile, around 78.7 percent of South Koreans stated that they were watching news either in a live broadcast or watch the broadcast as a stream later. The most trusted news brand as of 2021 was YTN, which was the country's first 24-hour news channel.

Low trust among consumers

Historically, South Korea has suffered from decades of media censorship. Therefore, it is not surprising that South Koreans are still rather suspicious despite the country’s democratization. In a 2021 study conducted across 40 countries, South Korea ranked low when it came to trust in news, with only around 32 percent of respondents stating they trusted the news.

  When asked about the perceived prevalence of so-called “fake news” in news and information provided by newspapers and magazines in South Korea as of February 2019, the majority chose the option “a fair to great extent.” The level of trust in news on social media was lower, with only around 21 percent of respondents trusting news on social media.

Online news sources

Despite the low level of trust of news on social media, around 44 percent of respondents used YouTube as a news source. Consuming news online has become common among news readers. According to a governmental survey, around 91.1 percent of news readers read online newspapers. Meanwhile, only around 13 percent of South Koreans are paying for their digital news.

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News consumption in South Korea - Facts and Statistics

Around 69.9 percent of South Koreans were reading the news in 2019. Meanwhile, around 78.7 percent of South Koreans stated that they were watching news either in a live broadcast or watch the broadcast as a stream later. The most trusted news brand as of 2021 was YTN, which was the country's first 24-hour news channel.

Low trust among consumers

Historically, South Korea has suffered from decades of media censorship. Therefore, it is not surprising that South Koreans are still rather suspicious despite the country’s democratization. In a 2021 study conducted across 40 countries, South Korea ranked low when it came to trust in news, with only around 32 percent of respondents stating they trusted the news.

  When asked about the perceived prevalence of so-called “fake news” in news and information provided by newspapers and magazines in South Korea as of February 2019, the majority chose the option “a fair to great extent.” The level of trust in news on social media was lower, with only around 21 percent of respondents trusting news on social media.

Online news sources

Despite the low level of trust of news on social media, around 44 percent of respondents used YouTube as a news source. Consuming news online has become common among news readers. According to a governmental survey, around 91.1 percent of news readers read online newspapers. Meanwhile, only around 13 percent of South Koreans are paying for their digital news.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 25 most important statistics relating to "News consumption in South Korea".

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