News Interest Index: Modest Interest in Run-Up to Royal Wedding

Apr 27, 2011

The public has expressed modest interest in the run-up to the royal wedding. And while news coverage of the royal wedding is now ramping up, nearly two-thirds of the public (64%) say they think it has gotten too much coverage.

Just 8% say they followed news about the upcoming wedding of England’s Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton very closely last week. Another 13% say they followed this news fairly closely. Still, more than half (53%) say they did not follow this news at all closely, according to the latest News Interest Index survey conducted April 21-25 among 1,001 adults.

A separate content analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) finds that last week’s coverage of the wedding, which is expected to increase, accounted for 3% of the newshole. The numbers were higher for two specific sectors: newspapers and network news (6% each).

Read the full report, Modest Interest in Run-Up to Royal Wedding, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site. 

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