Irish Newspaper Bulks

The issue of “Bulk Sales” is being feverously discussed across the pond due to some six national titles having to revise their monthly circulation figures downwards. This happened when the ABC noticed that the claimed bulk figures for the titles were higher than the the actual – you can read more in the Media Guardian on the topic. But what’s the level of bulks here and who uses them? The answer is a little difficult as the reporting of circulation figures for the those who (kindly enough) release monthly data differs slightly from those who report six monthly. The only level […]

Regional Newspaper Circulation 2009

Regional papers are feeling the pinch with a year on year decline in the order of 8%. But some papers are really feeling the squeeze. As a group, of those that are audited, they are back nearly 30,000 copies. The table below is a bit information overload – but it’s worth looking at the data at that level. Jan-June ’08 Jan-June ’09 +/- ‘000 +/- % The Anglo Celt 13,836 13,247 -589 -4% The Argus 11,477 10,591 -886 -8% Bray People 5,208 4,836 -372 -7% Carlow People 4,599 4,608 9 0% Connacht Sentinel 5,119 n/a Connacht Tribune 24,407 n/a The […]

Northern Ireland Newspaper Circulation

I’ve been particularly remiss in updating information about the newspapers in Northern Ireland. I keep a track of the Google (and others) searches directing people to this poor blog. Of late, I noticed that a good few searches were coming in looking for information on Northern Ireland newspaper circulations. I’d hate to fell that you didn’t get what you were looking for: Title Jan – June 2008 Jul – Dec 2008 Jan – June 2009 Newsletter 26,199 25,253 25,250 Irish News 47,911 47,819 46,800 Belfast Telegraph 75,964 69,457 68,024 Belfast News 46,966 47,446 46,865 Irish Independent 1,994 1,914 2,070 Irish […]

Irish Newspaper Circulations 2009

The “Island Of Ireland” report was released today charting the path of Irish Newspapers since the beginning of the year and comparing them to the same period in 2008. No prizes for guessing the outcome. First off I will have a look at the market overall, which as you can see, has dropped nearly 100,000 copies in the year or 4.6%. The Sunday market contributed for almost half of the decline and only one paper managed to increase its circulation (above a single % digit). 2008 2009 Diff Diff Jan-Jun Jan-Jun ‘000 % Total Sunday 1,237,709 1,182,595 -55,114 -4.4% Total […]

Sunday Newspaper Circulations 2009

In the Sunday segment one of the only papers in the report to grow its circulation was the Sunday Business Post, so congratulations to them. The rise can be attributed to a very strong start to the year, so perhaps an ‘r’ is good for a business newspaper. The Sunday Times also managed the bestgrowth of all papers in the report gaining a very healthy 11%. But, and not to rain too much on the parade, the last two months have not been at all kind to their figures, so it’s wait and see if they can hang on. Looking […]

Irish Morning Newspaper Circulations 2009

The morning market is down 4% or 28,000 copies with the Irish Independent and half sibling, The Irish Daily Star, accounting for a good deal of that. In general the year has not been good to the ‘red tops’ with that segment back nearly 10,000 copies year on year. The Red Top market in 2005 was 305,000 copies per day and commanded a 45% share of the morning market. It’s now back to 264,000 a day and a 40% share. Not to type cast the red top market too much, but they have been in decline in concert with the […]

Irish Evening Newspaper Circulation 2009

Finally, the beleaguered evening market, down another 10,000 copies  or 9% year on year. How long these losses are sustainable is beyond me. The Herald is now under serious downward pressure and certainly not helped by the proposed merger of the Healed AM and Metro into the “Hetro”. It will be interesting as IN&M own all of the Herald and will own 1/3 of the new company/freesheet – decisions , decisions. 2008 2009 Diff Diff Jan/June Jan/June ‘000 % Evening Herald 79,447 71,187 -8,260 -10% Echo 25,829 24,192 -1,637 -6% Total Evening 105,276 95,379 -9,897 -9% The Herald moving ever […]

Update on the Beta Sandbox

As a small update on the new sandbox – I have been running this in the background this morning to give a better picture of what Google suggests will be the search rank of ‘Dublin hotels’ if the sandbox formula was inherited. The list shows that at the top the changes are, in the main, minor – but only in comparison to some of the violent swings seen in the outer reaches. The real points are that some sites have disappeared completely from the top fifty and others have shot to fame. Take The Hilton website, it doesn’t currently exist […]

Big Search Results Changes

Google have, seemingly, been working feverously in the background for the last few months on a ‘few modifications’ to its search engine which they have made available. These search results modifications are currently in a beta and can be viewed here. The explination as to the changes can be viewed here. They have made alterations to the way in which some sites will rank in their “new modified search engine results”. And they quote that: The new infrastructure sits “under the hood” of Google’s search engine, which means that most users won’t notice a difference in search results Won’t notice […]

Newspaper Circulations July 2009

No good news, at all. One ray of light is that, bar six, of the 24 papers that kindly enough issues monthly certificates for their circulation figures have increased their month on month figures. The morning papers are up a modest 4,000 copies the Sundays up 17,000. The decreases in the Sunday market was very much driven by a fairly spectacular fall of 16,000 copies for Mail on Sunday. The market is down 6,000 copies on month on month and 46,000 since January and nearly half of that is down to the bad fortunes of the Mail and Mail on […]