New issue: Media Trends in the Nordic Countries 3-2019

NEWSLETTER | 18 December 2019

More people read news digitally than on paper, using and paying for streaming services is becoming increasingly common – and for both newspapers and TV, audiences’ willingness to pay for content is becoming increasingly important.

Media Trends in the Nordic Countries 3-2019 reports on a number of media surveys and research results, etc., in the Nordic countries. Below are some examples of the content in this issue.

On the average day, more Danes now access a news site than read a printed daily newspaper. News flows in the mobile phone – mixing traditional news, entertainment and private updates – make it, however, more difficult to differentiate between various types of news. This is according to two new studies from Denmark.

Hyperlocal media is a rapidly developing form of local media and information sharing, but does not replace local editorial offices that have been shut down. A special issue of Nordicom Review analyses the situation for hyperlocal media in Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

The growth of streaming services continues. Podcasts and online TV services are gaining more listeners and viewers, while traditional radio and TV are losing audiences, as shown in reports from Denmark and Sweden as well as in Nordicom's Nordic radio and TV statistics for 2018.

Media economy reports from Finland, Norway, and Sweden confirm the positive development for streaming services. The TV industry's revenue has grown, boosted by increasing payments from viewers. The newspaper industry, on the other hand, has been hit hard by the tougher competition on the media market.

Iceland is ranked the best protector of Internet freedom, but globally, Internet freedom continues to decline, according to the latest Freedom House report.

In Europe, the new EU Commission has announced a tough approach to tech giants, vowed to fight disinformation online, and continues the plans for new regulations for digital services.

A recent book on MIL, Media and Information Literacy, presents a new approach to MIL in a context of social change and Agenda 2030. And in Finland, the national policy for media education has been updated.

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Find more reports on Nordicom's Further reading list: a new Reuters Institute report on news podcasts in Sweden and four other countries, ITU’s Measuring digital development report including global facts and figures, a European report examining the independence of media regulatory authorities, and more. See the full list here.