Ofcom's recent survey states that 41% of the UK population now use the internet to keep up-to-date with news (up from 32% last year), with 40% reading a newspaper.
TV is still the most popular source (75%), and radio increased by 1% to 36% this year.
This highlights the trend for more people using mobile devices to access media, and the challenge that faces traditional media.
This is a trend seen in the traditional book market too, with the ebook due to overtake the printed book as Britons' preferred format for reading novels by 2018.
The number of people using websites and apps to find out about the news has overtaken the number reading printed newspapers for the same purpose in the UK, according to the country's media watchdog. Ofcom's annual News Consumption study indicates 41% of the population use the net to keep up-to-date with current affairs, while 40% read a paper. But it suggests that TV remains the most popular source. It said 75% accessed news this way. While the net cannot yet claim the top spot, the study did suggest it was the fastest-growing medium.