The InterWebs. The World Wide Web. The digital space. The online sector. The…OK, I’m done.
Back to my point.
The Pew Research Center released a news consumption report Thursday, analyzing readership on various platforms. The report found that “the changing demographics in the TV news audience are particularly noticeable in the audiences for local and cable news.”
“The overall share of Americans saying they regularly watch local television news has slipped from 54% in 2006 to 48% today – and in that regard it remains one of the news sources with the broadest reach,” according to the report.
Another discovery was that 18-to-29 year-olds who said they regularly watched local news in 2006 has decreased today. Are more people watching online broadcasts for their news?
With the launch of HuffPost Live and with TV stations posting clips on YouTube, it seems like stations might be preparing for an online shift.
When The Huffington Post launched their live streaming service, I questioned whether it might eventually replace TV broadcasts. We’re a long way from that happening, but it’s something to think about as we continue to look at these numbers.
At NewsOK, we’re also experimenting with live streaming broadcasts and Google+ hangouts. In fact, we’re holding hangouts throughout this month on our new live page. Check it out and let us know what you think.