Young people are deserting the living room television in droves and the industry is worried. Could it face similar decline to that suffered by printed newspapers?

The trend is rapid and undeniable. Ofcom’s annual report on the communications sector this year revealed that across all age groups Britons watched an average of 11 minutes less television in 2013 than the previous year, when total viewing was boosted by the London Olympics. It was the first decline across the board since 2010 and so would not itself have induced panic among broadcasters. Viewing in general is resilient.
The picture around young viewers was much darker, however. Television consumption by 16 to 24-year-olds fell for the third year in a row. On average they watched 148 minutes per day last year, compared with 169 minutes in 2010.
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