Ofcom (the UK telecoms regulator) announced and published today ...
The UK Communication Market 2006
Ofcom sees a
"striking evidence that a new ‘networked generation’ is turning away from television, radio and newspapers in favour of online services , including downloadable content – used on multiple devices such as iPods and mobile phones – and participation in online communities.
Television is of declining interest to many 16-24 year olds; on average they watch television for one hour less per day than the average television viewer. Of the television they do watch, an even smaller proportion of their time is spent viewing public service broadcasting channels, down from 74% of total viewing among this age group in 2001 to 58% today. Instead, the internet plays a central role in daily life; more than 70% of 16-24 year old internet users use social networking websites (compared to 41% of all UK internet users) and 37% of 18-24 year olds have contributed to a blog or website message board (compared to 14% of all UK internet users).
The same group also uses mobile phones extensively, on average making seven more calls and sending 42 more texts per week than the wider UK population.
Extensive use of the internet has also influenced 15-24 year olds’ consumption of other media. Their radio listening is lower, by an average of 15 minutes a day compared to the wider population; additionally, 27% of those surveyed said they read newspapers less as a consequence of their online usage."
Trends in Online (others)
"Online advertising continues to grow in importance as a mass marketing medium, attracting significant revenues away from other media.
Total online advertising revenues have increased almost eight-fold in real terms between 2001 and 2005 (from £0.17 billion to £1.3 billion per year). Online advertising revenue is now almost three times greater than radio advertising revenue (at around £0.5 billion, unchanged since 2001 in real terms) and over one-third that of television advertising revenue (£3.8 billion in 2005, up from £3.5 billion in 2001).
Broadband continues to demonstrate significant growth. Of the 11.1 million UK homes and small businesses with broadband connections, more than three million were cable and eight million were DSL – the latter up from five million in 2004. Industry revenues from broadband access were up 70% year on year to £1.9 billion.
These trends are likely to continue as new technology and new products expand choice and availability. Unbundled local loop services – where competing providers take responsibility for the customer’s line to provide telephone, broadband, voice and television over the internet and video on demand services – are now available to 44% of the population, up from to 34% in 2005. The number of Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK also almost doubled over the year to June 2006, up from 8,500 to 14,600."
Ofcom's Overview Complete Report (and links)
via BBC Young drive 'radical media shift'