More than 80% of Latino adults get some of their news in English from television, print, radio and internet outlets, and consumption of news in Spanish is declining. That’s the most recent finding reported in Pew Hispanic Research Center study released this week.
According to the center’s 2012 National Survey of Latinos, there has been a 10% drop in Spanish-language news consumption compared to 2006.
50% of Latino adults say they get their news in both languages, down from 57% in 2010.
When getting down to language exclusivity, 32% of Hispanic adults in 2012 get their news only in English – an increase of 22% from 2006.
By contrast, 18% of Hispanic adults said they get their news exclusively in Spanish , a drop from 22% in 2006.
The study points to several ongoing demographic trends as the reasons for changes in news consumption patterns:
1. A growing share of Latino adults speak English well
2. Slowing immigration
3. Growing time in the U.S.
4. U.S.-born Latino adults on the rise
The study findings may just strengthen the rationale behind Univision’s decision to partner with ABC and launch Fusion, an English-language cable network targeting Latinos.
The complete report is availaible here.