Australians are reading more news media content on digital platforms, with digital newspaper readership growing by three per cent year on year to 11.6 million each month.
The growth has been led by mobile and tablet readership, up 11 and 6 per cent respectively, today’s emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) data for the 12 months to March 2015 has shown.
Print and digital newspaper readership remains stable at 16.3 million and newspaper media reaches 92 per cent of the population (79 per cent for print and 65 per cent for digital).
Printed newspaper readership has declined 3 per cent year on year as consumers continue their migration to digital platforms. Printed newspapers, however, continue to contribute the largest audience, with 14.1 million readers, or 79 per cent of the population.
The Newspaper Works CEO, Mark Hollands, commented: “The trend is now clear that consumers of newspaper media want access to news and information on the move and are using more devices to suit their needs. Digital readership growth on PCs and desktops is starting to slow, while mobiles and tablets continue their strong growth, up by 350,000 and 135,000 year on year respectively.”
The Sydney Morning Herald has the highest cross-platform readership with 5.3 million readers, followed by The Daily Telegraph on 4.3 million and the Herald Sun on 4.2 million.
Comparing cross-platform readership penetration by state or territory, the Northern Territory News has overtaken the Adelaide Advertiser for the highest reach percentage. Over a four week period, 82 per cent of people in the Northern Territory read a print or digital copy of the Northern Territory News, slightly more than the 81 per cent of South Australians who are cross-platform readers of The Advertiser.
The Herald Sun edges out The West Australian for third place, reaching 72 per cent of Victorians, compared with The West Australian’s 71 per cent.The Herald Sun Monday – Friday remains the most read printed newspaper (average issuereadership) with 1.35 million readers, followed by The Sunday Telegraph with 1.2 million readers and the Saturday Herald Sun with 1.11 million readers.