Younger viewers are watching fewer programmes on main TV channels as Netflix and Amazon dominate

Tuning out… Younger viewers are watching 40% fewer programmes on the main TV channels as US streaming giants Netflix and Amazon dominate

People aged 16-28 only spending 38 minutes day viewing major broadcasters

The Small Screen: Big Debate review found younger viewers favoured NetflixEven over-55s are watching less broadcast TV with a decline of three per cent 

The amount of time younger viewers spent watching the BBC and other main TV channels has plunged 40 per cent over four years, a report says.

Those aged 16 to 24 are devoting just 38 minutes a day to the major broadcasters in favour of Netflix and Amazon Prime, figures by Ofcom reveal.

The report comes as the BBC desperately tries to stop young people – who are key to the future of the corporation – deserting it for US streaming giants.

The Small Screen: Big Debate review into public service broadcasting also found radio made up less than a third of younger people’s listening, while music services like Spotify was 45 per cent.

Viewers aged 16 to 24 are devoting just 38 minutes a day to the major broadcasters in favour of Netflix and Amazon Prime (file picture)

Even over-55s are watching less broadcast TV – a decline of 3 per cent to five hours and 15 minutes a day.

The report, which examines the period between 2014 to 2018, pointed to the pressure the BBC was under over the licence fee with revenue for TV falling every year.

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