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Digital news catches up with papers in UK, Ofcom says

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The amount of people using websites and apps to find out about the news has overtaken the number reading printed newspapers for the same purpose in the UK, according to the countrys media watchdog.Ofcoms annual News Consumption study indicates 41% of the population use the net to keep up-to-date with current affairs, while 40% read a paper.But it suggests that TV remains the most popular source.It said 75% accessed news this way.While the net cannot yet claim the top spot, the study did suggest it was the fastest-growing medium.Radio was the only other area that had an increase over the past year. Ofcom suggested 36% of people in the UK tuned in to radio news, a modest rise from 35% in 2013. By contrast, the net leapt ahead from 32% to todays 41% figure.Younger people The figure for newspapers was unchanged over the period.The watchdog said it believed that younger people were largely responsible for the surge in net use, with 60% of the 16-to-24 age group telling it they used Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and other sources to keep abreast of developments.This may be in part because they spend more time on mobile devices than their older counterparts.Ofcom noted its study indicated that 40% of younger people used a mobile phone for news and 15% used a tablet. The comparable statistics for the over-5

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