News consumption falls in India, says study

Context: Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2023 finds a sharp decrease in access to online news, while television, too, sees a decline as a news source; globally, platforms such as TikTok are gaining ground as sources of news among the youth; trend of news avoidance continues in many countries.

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Details of the report

  • India registered a small decrease of 3 percentage points in overall trust in news (38%) from last year’s figure, and was ranked 24th among 46 countries in this regard.
  • Finland remained the country with the highest levels of overall trust in news (69%), while Greece had the lowest levels (19%), globally. 
  • Among individual news brands, public broadcasters like DD IndiaAll India Radio, and BBC News retained high levels of trust among survey respondents in India, emphasising the importance of public service media.
  • YouTube was the most preferred social media platform for news with 56% of the respondents accessing it. WhatsApp (47%) and Facebook (39%) were the next two.
  • Report found that “video-based content, distributed via networks such as TikTok, Instagram and YouTube, is becoming more important for news.
  • The report noted that “stated preferences by audiences to directly visit news websites continue to decline”. Globally, “the proportion that say their main access point is via a news website or app has fallen from 32% in 2018 to 22% in 2023”.

About the publishers

  • The Digital News Report is a research publication of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. 
  • The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) is a UK-based research centre and think tank founded in 2006, which operates Thomson Reuters Journalism Fellowship Programme, also known as the Reuters Fellowship. 
  • The Reuters Institute is the University of Oxford’s research centre on issues affecting news media globally

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