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Selected TV news channels ranked by quarterly reach in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 3rd quarter of 2019
(in millions)
TV news channels ranked by reach in the United Kingdom (UK) as of Q3 2019
The TV news channel with the highest reach in the United Kingdom in 2019 was BBC News. With 17.3 million viewers reached in the third quarter of 2019, BBC News outperformed Sky News by 4.7 million. Behind these two main news channels came Sky Sports News, which had a reach of 9.6 million in the same period.

TV news - the big picture

News was only the sixth most popular television genre in the UK in 2019, with entertainment taking the top spot. This could explain why out of the leading 20 TV channels in terms of reach in the UK in 2019, none of them were dedicated to news.

Online news brands

With so much news being consumed online these days, it is also worth finding out what the leading online news brands are in the UK. As of February 2019, BBC News online was accessed by 50 percent of all respondents in an online survey.

Selected TV news channels ranked by quarterly reach in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 3rd quarter of 2019
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Quarterly reach in millions*
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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q3 2019

Age group

4 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Reach for each channel is based upon the viewer watching 3 or more consecutive minutes.
Figures have been rounded.
Additional survey methodology can be found here.

TV news channels ranked by reach in the United Kingdom (UK) as of Q3 2019
The TV news channel with the highest reach in the United Kingdom in 2019 was BBC News. With 17.3 million viewers reached in the third quarter of 2019, BBC News outperformed Sky News by 4.7 million. Behind these two main news channels came Sky Sports News, which had a reach of 9.6 million in the same period.

TV news - the big picture

News was only the sixth most popular television genre in the UK in 2019, with entertainment taking the top spot. This could explain why out of the leading 20 TV channels in terms of reach in the UK in 2019, none of them were dedicated to news.

Online news brands

With so much news being consumed online these days, it is also worth finding out what the leading online news brands are in the UK. As of February 2019, BBC News online was accessed by 50 percent of all respondents in an online survey.

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