BBC news bulletins report annual audience boost

The BBC has posted a year-on-year increase in the number of viewers for all of its main news bulletins, according to BARB viewing data released today.

The audience figures for the Ten O’Clock News are up 6.5 per cent year on year, from 4.6 million to 4.9 million.

The programme will face increased competition in the New Year when the ITV‘s late-night bulletin moves back to the 10pm slot.

BBC News 24 posted an average weekly audience of 6.6 million, up 18 per cent on last year’s average of 5.6 million.

The corporation claims the News 24 audience is more than 50 per cent ahead of the average Sky News audience figure, which it says stands at 4.3 million.

The One O’Clock News was marginally up year on year, from 2.6 million to 2.7 million. The Six O’Clock News recorded an average weekly audience of 4.2 million, and BBC Breakfast was watched by 1.05 million.

The BBC News website, meanwhile, reported an average of 13.8 million unique users per week between January to September of this year. About half of the site’s traffic is from users outside the UK.

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