Newspaper industry in the United Kingdom - Statistics & Facts

The newspaper industry in the UK has had a difficult couple of decades. People have been spending less and less on newspapers as other forms of online media have taken over. The industry has found it hard to adapt to this modern online world; where both global and regional breaking news is available 24 hours a day at the touch of a finger. News brands have moved online in an attempt to combat the continuous fall in printed newspaper sales, but revenues are suffering nonetheless.

The number of people in the United Kingdom reading news online has increased steadily over the years, but there are issues here too. With the rise of “fake news”, levels of trust in online and social media news are falling. If traditional media is deemed more trustworthy by consumers, could printed newspapers witness a comeback over the next decade?

In the UK, the most popular newspaper in terms of copies circulated is The Sun. Circulation is the number of copies distributed on an average day. It is not the same as copies sold, due to the fact that some newspapers are available to readers at no cost. The CPI (consumer price index) of newspapers has been rising steadily for years. Other popular newspapers in the UK include The Guardian, The Mail, and The Times.

Despite the apparent difficulty the newspaper industry is experiencing, the number of journalists and editors employed in the UK seems to be on the up. The most recent statistics show there are as many as 90,000 employed and self-employed journalists and editors in working in the UK, an increase of almost 50 percent compared to 2011.

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