A Growing Share of Latinos Get Their News in English

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A growing share of Latinos are getting their news in English, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The findings confirm a trend media observers have been predicting for a decade and media companies have bet on in recent years as they invest in a growing market of English-language Latino media.

In 2012, 82 percent of Hispanic adults said they got at least some of their news in English, up from 78 percent who said the same in 2006. By contrast, the share who get at least some of their news in Spanish has declined, to 68 percent in 2012 from 78 percent in 2006. Half of Latino adults say they get their news in both languages, down from 57 percent in 2010.

Websites such as NBC Latino, Univision’s news tumblr and Fox News Latino all provide news coverage of issues relevant to the Hispanic community in English. And soon ABC News and Univision will launch a new cable network, Fusion, that will provide 24-hour news and information programming in English directed at Hispanics.

At the same time, there has been growth in the number of Spanish-language platforms as television networks Univision and Telemundo have expanded their affiliate networks. In addition, new Spanish-language cable channels directed at U.S. Latinos, such as CNN Latino and MundoFox, have entered the market.

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