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In data: the untold story of how the BBC became Britain’s biggest paper

Tabloid circulation is falling—but the Beeb is benefiting from going digital

By Kirby Swales   April 2018

A man reads a newspaper while bathing in the Dead Sea. Photo: GPO

“Fake news” is the great panic of our time. In Trump’s America, some of the space vacated by withering newspapers has been filled by ideologically driven websites, such as Breitbart, which play fast and loose with the facts, plunging the political conversation to new depths.

What about the UK? Well, the printed press has been on a slide here too, with readership more than halving since the 1990s; online news readership has doubled since 2010.…

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