Date
19 November 2017
A growing number of people are getting their news from the internet. Photo: AFP
A growing number of people are getting their news from the internet. Photo: AFP

Electronic newspapers beat free sheets as preferred news source

Electronic newspapers have overtaken free sheets as the preferred source of news of Hong Kong people, according to a study on news-reading habits in the city.

The study, conducted by the Hong Kong Research Association, polled 1,072 respondents aged 15 or above through phone interviews from July 7 to 14.

It shows that nearly 58 percent of the respondents read electronic newspapers regularly, compared with 53 percent last year.

Also, 56 percent say they regularly read free printed newspapers, a drop of 2 percentage points from last year. Those who regularly read paid printed newspapers also fell to 44 percent from 48 percent.

Of the respondents, 33 percent say convenience of reading the news is the main factor in their choice of news source, while the content of the newspaper only comes in second at 27 percent.

With regard to news sources, 36 percent say they usually get their news from the internet, 23 percent get them from television, 22 percent from newspapers and only 9 percent from radio.

The survey also shows that the younger generation tends to get news information from the internet, as about 60 percent of the post 80s and 90s generation say they usually read news on the internet.

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