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Australians’ appetite for financial news and information on the rise

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Sydney, Australia – 11 May 2015 – Australians are increasingly consuming financial news and information online, according to the latest data from Nielsen Online Ratings. During April 2015, the category recorded more than 1.1 million additional unique audience from the same period 12 months earlier, representing a growth of almost 25%. During that time, sites including smh.com.au’s business pages (+346,000 unique audience), Forbes (+228,000 unique audience) and news.com.au’s business pages (+204,000 unique audience) gained the most audience by volume.

John Price, a Director in Nielsen’s Media Industry Group, said that audience growth in the category had outperformed many others and was indicative of consumer interest in the sector:

“With 7% more people engaging with financial news and information content since March 2015, and an additional 25% since April 2014, there is a growing appetite for consumers to be informed about the financial and economic conditions impacting their lives.”

Additionally, with AFL season kicking off during April 2015, Telstra Media’s AFL sites topped a unique audience of more than two million. Their audience spent an average of 1 hour and 16 minutes per person engaging with the site, while consuming more than 24 minutes of video content.

Within the Current Events & Global News sub-category, news.com.au retained top spot in the rankings, with one of the closest results between 1st and 2nd place in recent history. The site reached more than 21% of the online Australian population, with smh.com.au only marginally behind (see chart below).

TABLE 1. TOP SITES RANKED BY UNIQUE AUDIENCE FOR NEWS 

Name

Unique Audience (000)

Page Views Per Person

Sessions Per Person

Time Per Person (hh:mm:ss)

news.com.au 3,906 60 13.20 01:42:37
smh.com.au 3,889 34 10.68 01:10:23
ABC News Websites 3,007 26 8.41 00:36:56
ninemsn News Websites 2,745 22 9.61 00:42:36
Daily Mail Australia 2,524 23 7.90 01:06:28
The Age 2,280 36 9.95 01:25:09
The Guardian 2,079 14 5.31 00:31:42
Yahoo!7 News Websites 2,012 19 8.16 00:26:16
The Daily Telegraph 1,994 18 8.22 00:42:59
Herald Sun 1,911 28 8.83 00:58:07

Source: Nielsen Online Ratings, Hybrid data April, 2015

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