While print newspaper circulation has declined in recent years, there has been relative stability when it comes to digital news brands. Here at MediaHQ, we have compiled a list of the top five most popular online news platforms to pitch to.
Two of the top five news online brands on our list are online versions of print newspapers, highlighting the ability of traditional news sources to adapt to people’s increasingly digital habits. The list also gives us insight into how relative newcomers have been able to break into the industry. TheJournal.ie and BreakingNews.ie are the first and fourth most-read online news brands respectively while Joe.ie was eighth on the list.*
Topping the list as the most read online Irish news brands is TheJournal.ie. The internet publication was founded in early 2010 and is owned by Distilled Media which also owns DoneDeal.ie, Daft.ie, and Adverts.ie. While at first a mixture of original and aggregated content, the site is now made up of entirely original content. TheJournal.ie also incorporates FORA (business, economics and technology news), The42.ie (sports news), and The Daily Edge (arts and entertainment).
Editor: Susan Daly
RTÉ News Online
Raidió Teilifís Éireann’s News and Current Affairs website is the second most visited online news platform in Ireland. In addition to written content, nearly all of RTÉ’s radio and television news programming since 1998 can be accessed on the site as well as RTÉ News Now, their 24-hour live news programme.
Editor: James McNamara (RTÉ News Digital Editor)
Irish Independent Online
Independent.ie is the digital version of the Irish Independent, Ireland’s largest selling daily newspaper. The Irish Independent is owned by Independent News and Media (INM) of which billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien is the largest shareholder with a 29.9% stake. The Irish Independent was formed in 1905 as the direct successor to the Daily Irish Independent. For a monthly or annual subscription, the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent are also available to read as digital editions faithful to the print newspaper layout.
Editor: Garry Toal (Online Editor)
BreakingNews.ie comes in at fourth place on our list of most popular Irish online news sources. The website was owned by Landmark Media and sold to The Irish Times in July 2018. The site covers a wide variety of news topics including Irish news, up to the minute Sports News, World news, Political Updates, Business News, Tech News, and Entertainment and Showbiz gossip, including Irish and English soaps.
Editor: Jill O’Sullivan
The Irish Times Online
The Irish Times was established in 1859 by Major Lawrence Knox and, despite being primarily recognised as Ireland’s quality daily newspaper, is today one of Ireland’s leading online news sources. While you will need a digital subscription in order to get access to their online content, visitors without a subscription can enjoy a number of free articles on the website and News Apps. A subscription with The Irish Times online includes content curated or written exclusively for subscribers as well as The Irish Times ePaper.
Editor: Paddy Logue (Digital Editor)
The sixth and seventh most visited online news platforms in Ireland came from outside of the country in the shape of BBC News online and Sky News online. In eighth place was Joe.ie and its sister platform, Her.ie. Founded in 2010, the sites are aimed at young people in Ireland and contain a blend of news, viral content, and interviews.
[* Information taken from the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018 (Ireland). The research was conducted online between January and February 2018. The sample is reflective of the population which has access to the internet (final sample size of 2,007 people). Respondents were screened out if they had not accessed news in the last month.]