Traditional news outlets not dead yet but online is growing: report

Traditional news outlets not dead yet but online is growing: report

Young adults are the first to leave behind traditional news media in favour of online news outlets but a large part of the population is still reading newspapers and watching the television news, according to government social policy think tank SCP. In a report out today, the SCP presents an analysis of the use of old and new news media among 3,000 people during the year 2015. Over half of the population (61%) uses at least one news medium a day and spends five consecutive minutes taking in the news. The largest group, 39%, watches the news as it is broadcast and 27% reads a physical paper. Online news sites and apps have to make do with 11 % ‘in spite of the ubiquitous presence of the new media’, the SCP said in a press release. Young adults (aged 20 to 34) are the greatest consumers of online news, a clear sign, the SCP says, that this group has definitely made the changeover. The over 65s, men and people with a higher than average education comprise the most avid users of news media. Traditional Older people still relate more to the traditional news outlets. The over 50s are also more thorough when it comes to reading the newspaper. They spend an hour on average compared to other age groups who spend some 45 minutes. People with a lower than average education tend to get their news from television. Although the difference is small more men than women use online news media. A small group of people have no idea what is going on in the world: according to the SCP figures some 5% of people over the age of 13 do not use news media at all.  More >

Police warn about Microsoft helpdesk scam

Traditional news outlets not dead yet but online is growing: report Last year 1,100 people filed a police report after being conned out of money by phone callers claiming to work for Microsoft, and 800 have done so already this year, broadcaster NOS said on Thursday. Victims are phoned by an English-speaking man or woman, often with a heavy accent, who claim to work for the software giant's help desk. They then proceed to explain that the victim's computer has problems. In some cases victims are asked to install software which allows the conman or woman to take over their computer. In others they are asked for bank details so that they can empty bank accounts. Victims have lost hundreds of thousands of euros to the scammers, police say, and one man lost some €70,000. Most victims are over the age of 50. 'This could be because the scammers use fixed phone lines and older people are more likely than youngsters to have them,' spokesman Rob van Bree told the broadcaster. The police say they think several groups are involved in the different versions of the scam. Have you been called by the fake Microsoft help desk? How did you deal with the call?  More >

Dutch tv team kidnapped in Colombia

Dutch tv team which traces missing people is kidnapped in Colombia A team from a Dutch television show which tracks down missing people has reportedly been kidnapped in Colombia. Presenter Derk Bolt and cameraman Eugenio Follender were trying to trace the mother of someone adopted by a Dutch couple when they disappeared in the  northern region of Catatumbo, close to the border with Venezuela on Saturday. Dozens of armed militias are active in the region and according to the Colombian army, Bolt and Follender have been taken by guerilla movement ELN. The case has been given 'the highest priority', a spokesman for the Dutch foreign ministry said. The Dutch ambassador to Colombia has now arrived in the region where Bolt vanished. According to broadcaster NOS, the Colombian army has sent a unit which specialises in kidnapping to the region. The Colombian authorities have also demanded the 'immediate release' of the two men. The ELN is involved in peace talks with the Colombian government but these are progressing slowly, NOS said. Bolt, 62, has worked for the show Spoorloos (vanished, or without a trace), which tracks down missing friends and relatives, since 1991. The programme takes him all over the world. .@DefensoriaCol y personeros harán labor humanitaria para resolver situación de holandeses en Norte de Santander. — Defensoría delPueblo (@DefensoriaCol) June 19, 2017   More >

EU court clears way for Pirate Bay ban

EU court ruling clears way for The Pirate Bay ban in the Netherlands The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that websites such as The Pirate Bay may indeed infringe European copyright law, clearing the way for a ban in the Netherlands. ‘Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works such as ‘The Pirate Bay’ may constitute an infringement of copyright,’ the court said. ‘Even if the works in question are placed online by the users of the online sharing platform, the operators of that platform play an essential role in making those works available.’ Wednesday’s ruling is the latest in a long-running battle between the Brein foundation, which represents copyright holders such as film companies, and Dutch internet providers such as Ziggo and KPN. Brein says the torrent sites are a source of illegal downloads and are being facilitated by internet firms. Judges at the first court hearing in the Netherlands in 2012 ruled The Pirate Bay was breaking the law but this was overturned on appeal. Brein took the issue to the Supreme Court which then went to Europe. Vindication The European court has now returned the case to the Dutch supreme court to make a final ruling. Brein director Tim Kuik told website that it had been vindicated on all counts. The ruling sets an important precedent within Europe, he said. Niels Huijbregts, a spokesman for Dutch internet provider XS4ALL said he welcomed the clarity which the ruling provided but warned against over-use of bans. ‘A ban is an option which should not be used too quickly because it can have major consequences,’ he said.  More >

Half the Dutch watch tv shows online

Traditional news outlets not dead yet but online is growing: report Almost half of Dutch adults have a subscription to a channel like Netflix or RTL XL or pay for to watch a single programme, market research group Gfk said on Tuesday. Last year 44% of the over-18s paid to watch special channels but this has now gone up to 49%. The increase is 'significant' and payment for online video has become normalised, spokeswoman Barbara Schouten said. However, there is a sharp difference between the age groups. The 18 to 34-year-olds watch some three hours 40 minutes of online video a day, compared with just 40 minutes among the over 55s. 'Youngsters are incredibly spoiled with internet and their smartphones,' she said. 'They consume in a completely different way.'   More >