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Young People Have Given up on the TV News

By Gary Cutlack on at

The youth of the nation are more likely to get their day's news about the world from social media or by reading graffiti in bus stations than seeing it on the telly, with the average 16-24-year-old watching just two minutes' worth of live TV news per day. That's surely just cumulative accidental exposure by cycling through the channels.

The numbers come from broadcast regulator Ofcom, which says it's the old people who watch the most TV news, as they cheer on their favourite Brexit person-of-the-people commander from the comfort of their needlessly fluffy and luxurious sofas. The over-65s rack up 33 minutes of news-watching each day, so no wonder they're all so grumpy and hate everything/everyone.

The youth's disaffection with scheduled news is being blamed on the changing viewing habits of the younger people. No longer do posh households leave the TV on tuned to BBC1 all night and the poor people leave theirs on ITV, meaning that there was inevitably some exposure to factual programmes when no one could be bothered to change channels when the news came on. Now it's all demanding this and demanding that and no one ever demands the news on purpose on their personal screens, so news is on the out.

There's one more particularly bonkers evolution in our national news-getting habits too; 58 per cent turn to the BBC for their news, 40 per cent get it from ITV, and 35 per cent live their lives being informed what's happening in the world by Facebook. [Ofcom [PDF] via Guardian]