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New figures from the UK’s Press Gazette says that 27% of all internet users aged over 15, used the Apple News app in December 2021. On average, each person spent 93 minutes using it across the month, or 1.2 billion minutes in total.
In comparison, the second most used one was the BBC News app. That accounted for 25.2% of all internet users over the age of 15, but it also had a total of 2.2 billion minutes read.
More recognizable names, in the UK, include Sky News which came in fourth with 3.3 million users. The Guardian was sixth on 2.1 million, while controversial tabloid The Sun app was 15th on 0.3 million.
Press Gazette says its figures are partly taken from a survey of 10,000 users who have agreed to “have meters installed across 25,000 personal devices” to measure website and app usage.
Despite that mention of website usage, the Press Gazette figures appear to be specifically about the use of news apps. It does not, then, seem to count users who access such services via the browsers on their phones or tablets.