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Large, loyal, lingering? An analysis of online overseas audiences for UK news brands

Thurman, N., Hensmann, T. and Fletcher, R. (2021). Large, loyal, lingering? An analysis of online overseas audiences for UK news brands. Journalism, 22(8), pp. 1892-1911. doi: 10.1177/1464884919892411


Amidst the financial crisis affecting UK newspapers, one area of optimism is their online overseas audiences. These foreign visitors often outnumber their domestic equivalents, and some newspapers have made the ‘long-distance’ market a key component of their commercial strategies. Overseas news audiences are, however, under-researched, an omission this study aims to help remedy via an investigation into the audiences for 7 UK newspaper brands (and a public-service broadcaster) across 10 countries using data from a leading source of Internet audience measurement, Comscore. The study uses an innovative, multidimensional model (derived from work by Zheng et al.) to analyse audience engagement across the dimensions of visibility, popularity, depth, loyalty and stickiness. The results reveal that there are significant differences in how audiences behave from country to country, dependent on language and culture. The study has implications for how news organizations serve their overseas audiences and suggests new directions for research into audiences for globalized online journalism.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in Journalism by SAGE. DOI: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed.
Publisher Keywords: Audience measurement, Audit Bureau of Circulations, Comscore, international audience, long-distance market, online readership, overseas market, UK news
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
Date available in CRO: 12 May 2021 09:03
Date deposited: 11 May 2021
Date of acceptance: 24 October 2019
Date of first online publication: 9 January 2020
Text - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

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