Agent of change: Online services have led to reduced demand for traditional media services

The UK News Agencies industry includes businesses that provide the general media with news, pictures and feature articles. The industry's core services are researching and providing original news stories, but prepared video and audio are becoming increasingly important service segments. Over the five years through 2017-18, industry revenue was negatively affected by declining newspaper publishing and changing attitudes to news consumption. Revenue is forecast to contract at a compound annual rate of 5% over the five years through 2017-18 to reach £2.4 billion, as demand for news content from traditional media markets declines.In the current year, revenue is forecast to contract more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increased consumption of news through online services has decreased demand for newspapers
  • Increased use of ad-blocker apps has made online advertisements less profitable in recent years
  • Businesses are expected to cut back on advertisements as they seek to restructure
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry has a low level of market share concentration. The four largest players are estimated to have a combined market share of 14.4% in 2017-18. The market share concentration has fluctuated in recent years, due to the changing composition of the industry. Businesses included in the News Agencies industry can range from single freelance journalists to global agencies like Associated Press and Thomson Reuters. The industry is fragmented, with a few large companies and many small- and medium-size news agencies. In 2016, 93.3% of industry establishments employed fewer than 10 employees, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics.The industry is diverse by its nature and as a result small operators are able to enter the industry and exploit niche markets. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the News Agencies Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the News Agencies Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from newspaper publishing and Demand from television programming and broadcasting in the News Agencies industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the News Agencies Industry?

    News syndicates and agencies in this industry provide the general media with news, pictures and feature articles. The activities of newspaper publishers and independent journalists and photojournalists are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • News stories
  • Audio and video content
  • Pictures
  • Industry Activities
  • Reporting on news and current affairs
  • Taking pictures related to news stories
  • Providing the media with feature articles
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from newspaper publishing
  • Demand from television programming and broadcasting
  • Demand from radio broadcasting
  • IT and telecommunications adoption

  • Current Performance
  • Digital takeover
  • Revenue blocker
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Leaving the European Union
  • Updating the business model
  • Developing competition
  • Table: News Agencies Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - News Agencies Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Magazine Publishers
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Television Programming & Broadcasting

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

  • Products & Services
  • News stories
  • Audio and video content
  • Pictures
  • Other
  • Chart: News Agencies Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • TV broadcasters
  • Newspaper and magazine publishers
  • Website publishers
  • Radio broadcasters
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the News Agencies Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesTelecommunications expenseDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs News Agencies

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the News Agencies Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Thomson Reuters Corporation,
  • Table: Thomson Reuters Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the News Agencies Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the News Agencies Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Image Portal
  • A web-based application that brings together images from a wide array of different sources.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone that offers advanced PC-like capabilities, including internet access.
  • Traditional Media
  • News content that is published in the long-standing media of print, TV and radio.
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