Britons spent 40% of their waking hours watching TV during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, with 12 million new sign-ups to services such as Netflix, as the public sought to relieve the boredom of the nationwide lockdown.
The typical person spent six hours and 25 minutes each day keeping informed and entertained at the height of the lockdown in April – almost a third more, about 90 minutes each day – than during the same month last year.
The biggest driver of this increase in viewing was a doubling in the amount of time people spent watching subscription streaming services – such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ – to more than a hour per day, according to broadcasting regulator Ofcom’s annual study of the nation’s media habits. Among younger audiences, those aged 16 to 34, streaming screen time jumped to two hours a day.
“A lot of people have used the subsidy as the first time they’re going out again – it takes once or twice venturing out of the home to get them to feel comfortable,” says Will Beckett, the co-founder of steakhouse chain Hawksmoor.
Six of his restaurants have received a combined 15,000 bookings for the 13 days of the “Eat out to help out” scheme, while two sites remain closed.
“The most obvious way in my mind that it’s helping restaurants, is that it’s helping people to learn to go out again,” Beckett said.
The government promotion, which launched this week, gives people a discount of up to 50% up to a maximum of £10 when eating or drinking soft drinks in a participating restaurant or other food establishment every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
It’s early days, but there was an average rise in visits to retail destinations of
Thomas F. Dimond, 81, a former business editor of the Washington Star who moved to The Washington Post and edited a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Securities and Exchange Commission, died July 31.
A story in The Post states, “Mr. Dimond had worked at the Star for more than 20 years when it ceased publication on Aug. 7, 1981. Soon afterward, he joined The Post as an assistant financial editor.
“Mr. Dimond immediately became a cornerstone of The Post’s financial and economic coverage. He oversaw Post investigations of insider trading scandals that convulsed Wall Street in the late 1980s and was a key editor on a series of articles by Post reporters David A. Vise and Steve Coll that penetrated the Securities and Exchange Commission to scrutinize its oversight of financial markets at the end of that decade, as well as the actions of the SEC’s chairman at the