C4 News audience up 11% last year


C4 News: audience exceeded 1m

Channel 4 News was the fastestgrowing bulletin on television last year, with its audience up 11 per cent year-on-year.

The 7pm bulletin went through the one million barrier as average audiences grew from 963,000 in 2002 to 1,067,000, taking an average audience share of 5.03 per cent.

Channel 4 News at Noon, introduced in the run-up to the war in Iraq, had an average audience of 186,000 and an average share of 3.66 per cent.

The BBC news bulletins at 6pm and 10pm each had an average audience of 5.2 million viewers. The Six O’Clock News saw no change to its 29 per cent share, while the Ten was up 400,000 (9 per cent) on 2002’s average of 4.8 million.

These compared with the ITV Early Evening News’s 4.5 million (24 per cent share) and the Late Evening News’s 3.5 million, which rose slightly on 2002’s average of 3.4 million.

Newsnight was flat year-on-year at 1.1m, with its share dropping from 8 to 7 per cent.

Of the rolling news channels, Sky News led with 4.7 million viewers, ahead of BBC News 24 on 4.2 million.


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