The ABC is the stand-out source for Australian news and current affairs, Roy Morgan research has found.

Forty five per cent of Australians aged 14 and over rely on ABC TV for Australian news, up from 39.5 per cent in August 2004.

The percentage of people relying on ABC Radio for their Australian news has risen from 28% to 31% over the same period.

Channel 7 is the second favourite television source for Australian news. Thirty-five percent of Australians rely on Seven for their news, up from 30.5 per cent in 2004. Channel 9 has dropped back into third place over the period, with 32% of Australians relying on the network, down from 37.5% in 2004. The number of Australians relying on Channel 10 has declined from 20 to 19%.

As the percentage of people relying on newspapers as their main source of Australian news has dropped, so has the importance of individual newspapers.

Morgan figures show that fewer people are now relying on The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, The Age, The West Australian, The Advertiser and The Mercury than in 2004 for Australian news and current affairs.

The percentage of people relying on the Herald Sun, The Courier Mail and the Financial Review has remained static over the period.

Peter Fray

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