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Few Canadians willing to pay for online news: poll

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It appears Canadians aren’t keen on the idea of paying for news and information online.

A Research Co. poll finds only nine per cent of Canadians are paying subscribers of at least one online news source they found interesting. But that proportion rises to 14 per cent among those aged 18 to 34.

Nearly a third (31%) say they stop turning to an online news source if there is a limit on free articles and/or a paywall.

“Those over the age of 55 are more likely to say they do not visit any news sources that charge for online access (56%) than those aged 18-to-34 (41%) and those aged 35-to-54 (41%),” explains Mario Canseco with Research Co.

Looking at B.C., about half (49%) of people are non-subscribers.

When it comes to radio and TV, 41 per cent of respondents said they got news and information from local outlets. A smaller percentage (37%) watch national TV newscasts.

Only 13 per cent said they get news from a hard copy of a local newspaper on a daily basis.

Many Canadians are getting news and information from Facebook. Nearly a third (32%) report getting their information from the social media site on a daily basis