Digital News Report

Digital News Report

The Digital News Report, commissioned by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, is an annual study to understand how news is being consumed in 46 markets including The Netherlands. Since 2018 the Mediamonitor cooperates with the Reuters Institute and publishes an annual report about (online) news consumption in The Netherlands and the Dutch news market (see Digital News Report in Dutch). The Reuters Instute also publishes an English country report:

Digital News Report: The Netherlands

The Dutch media landscape is characterised by increased media concentration, strong growth of digital news use, and the appearance of alternative and sometimes strongly partisan sources.

2020 saw a drastic reduction in pluralism within the Dutch media landscape and the commercial market is now dominated by two Belgian publishers. DPG Media – owner of national daily titles such as AD and De Volkskrant along with a large number of regional papers – acquired Sanoma, the largest owner of magazines and the leading online news site Mediahuis, owner of national newspapers De Telegraaf and NRC, expanded its grip on the regional market by acquiring NDC mediagroep. This unparalleled media concentration and ownership of several titles by consolidated groups raises questions about both the external and internal pluralism of the Dutch media.

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