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February 2017 ABC Circulations

February ABC’s were released and it’s the usual swings and roundabouts. In the morning market, the Mirror and The Sun saw the biggest falls with the Daily Star managing to maintain roughly where it was last month. The Daily Mail’s decline can be partially attributed to a decline in bulks and to a lesser extend a decline in retail sales. The Daily Star on Sunday defied all odds and managed a 1,300 increase in sales whilst the Sun on Sunday and The Sunday Mirror felt a drop of roughly 700 copies each. The Sunday Times lost 1,500 over the counter as their bulks remains roughly the same as last month. Morning Market down 9,000 on the month and 16,000 on the year while the Sunday market is down 11,000 on the month and 33,000 on the year.   Title Feb-17 Jan-17 Feb-16 M/M Y/Y % Y/Y % M/M Daily Mirror 34,080 35,433 38,259 -1,353 -4,179 -4% -11% Daily Record 267 257 260 10 7 4% 3% Irish Daily Star 50,718 50,940 53,947 -222 -3,229 0% -6% The Sun 54,308 56,399 58,493 -2,091 -4,185 -4% -7% Tabloids 139,373 143,029 150,959 -3,656 -11,586 -3% -8% Daily Express 2,486 2,501 2,407 -15 79…

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World and Herald Editorial to merge

Interesting developments in IN&M where they have decided to combine the newsrooms of The Herald and Sunday World into a seven day operation “with a focus on news investigations, top quality sports journalism and entertainment”. This new setup will report to a “tabloid platform” editor who will be responsible for both the print and digital formats of both titles. The print and digital formats will retain their separate brand identities but their backroom operations will be merged and, interestingly, the titles are “likely to have its own editor under the new arrangement” – so no guarantees there. There’s no mention of the Daily Star in this arrangement and a notable omission I believe. It’s not that long back where there were rumors of the Daily Star and Sunday World editorial being merged which on the face of it would seem a better fit. The Daily Star’s position in the group seems to be very murky after the spat with Desmond over Royal nudity pics. IN&M still own 50% but, on the face of things, seems to have lost interest. IN&M received a dividend of €500,000 (excluding and charge they have for prepress, printing and what goes to Newspread in terms…