Survey says MPs favour BBC for news but prefer print to other media

Print is MPs' favourite medium for news, according to a new survey.

A poll by ON-Broadcast Communications asked 103 politicians serving as MPs in January and February this year: "Which television programme, newspaper, radio programme or website is your favourite source of news?" Participants were given the option to provide between one and three answers.

The BBC was the most popular single news provider selected – with 65 per cent chosing one of the corporation's outlets across TV, radio and online. But print proved the most popular medium.

Some 44 per cent of the 103 MPs listed a print product in their selection compared with 40 per cent who listed a TV source, 28 per cent who chose a radio source and 29 per cent chose an online platform.

The Times was the most popular newspaper, with 12 per cent listing it (21 per cent of the 49 Tory MPs surveyed and 7 per cent of the 47 Labour MPs).

The Guardian (11 per cent) was the next most popular – although it was chosen by no Tory MPs and 24 per cent of those from Labour.

The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail were the next most popular, being chosen by 8 per cent and 5 per cent of the 103 MPs respectively (both were more popular with the Conservatives than Labour).

Overall, BBC.co.uk (25 per cent), BBC Radio 4 (23 per cent), BBC television (20 per cent) and Sky News (16 per cent) were the most popular single choices.

Three per cent of those surveyed chose Twitter as a favourite source of news, making it more popular than ITV News, the Spectator, the Economist and LBC (all 2 per cent), as well as The Sun, Guido Fawkes, PoliticsHome.com and Financial Times (all 1 per cent).

Photo (Reuters) shows Marylebone Cricket Club members reading newspapers as they wait to get into Lord's cricket ground in London.

Click here for more information on the survey.

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