The euphoria of the English premier league was short lived with the tabloids actually below where they were before the kick of a ball. Both The sun and The Star are at 58,000 and the Mirror at 46,000. In total the tabloids are down 6,600 month on month and nearly 17,000 on the year.

The morning market now stands at 221,000 which is down 21,000 year on year.…

Here’s a look at the individual stations and how each of their daytime slots compare with last year. This time out the listenership of each station is compared to the previous three years to give you a good overview of how the station is doing over the surveys. 

To make things a little easier, the graphs are consistent in the line colours and the red line is the current 2013Q3 survey.…

The listenership picture for radio has remained fairly static over the last few surveys with radio listenership remaining at 83%. In this survey this represents 2.9m people tuning in to one station or another every day.

RTE1 dropped 24,000 listeners or 3% but is still listened to by 23% of the population daily (down 1% point) or 837,000 people.…

This year, like every year, the Top 30 is a mixed bag. Still the biggest draw in the radio landscape is Morning Ireland with a reach of 429,000 people every morning which is 12% of the population its down 19,000 on 2013Q3 or 4%.  This is followed by Liveline at 382,000 and its sees a fall of 31,000 or 8% on the year.

Actually most of the top portion table have seen a decline in listeners over the year and most of them in turn are from the RTE stable.…

Looking at Dublin the listenership of any radio has increased marginally both over the twelve months and book on book. Listenership in the capital is static at an 80% reach, which is  equivalent to 815,000 listeners every day in the 2014Q3 survey.

But underneath this metric lie some very interesting details. Below is a table of the current stations standings comparing them to the survey of 2013Q3.…

September 2014 Irish Newspaper ABC Circulation

As predicted, the tabloids slipped back after the euphoria of the start of the premiership abated in September. All the tabloids lost their August lustre and now it’s simply a slow decline to the “C” word on the 25th of December.

The Star and Sun are now perilously close to the slipping into the 50’s. Both papers tested those waters briefly earlier in the year only to be saved by the kick of a ball in August.…

I had to double take on these sets of results – so used to the doom and gloom at follows the monthly figures like a bad smell that there was a modicum of disbelief and a measure of self-doubt about my ability to use a spreadsheet.

But, no they are the real deal. In August, ever paper under scrutiny, made month on month gains bar the FT and the Mail on Sunday. I couldn't recall the last time that happened but you can put a lot down to sport.…

JNRS Irish Newspaper Readership 2014

 The JNRS Irish newspaper research was released yesterday – without the fanfare that used to be associated with its unveiling some years back. But then it’s only fair to say that some years back some publishers we possibly seeing a growth on their readership year on year. 

Since the survey of 2012/3 the readership has been divided between readership of the print edition and a newsbrands digital offering, if they have one.…

Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2014

“Ta-da” - the cosmetic adverts catchphrase. I use it mockingly as it heralds the publication, finally, of the ABC’s of the reaming newspapers in the market. Plenty of cosmetics would be needed to make these figures even vaguely attractive.

The total market contacted by 7% over a twelve month period.…

Morning Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2014

The morning market slipped back 6% to 463,000 since the audit of Jan-June 2013 and has now dropped 28% since 2000. The brunt of the fall was felt in the ‘red tops’ who collectively have fallen 35% since the millennium whereas the non red-tops have declined by 22%.  

The Irish Independent lost  8,700 copies or 7% of its circulation over the year and managed to kept the bulks at 13% the same as last year.…

The market fell by -6% or 53,000 in twelve months. The Sunday Independent dropped 12,000 over the twelve months to 220,000. The Sunday world lost 13,000 which drops it back to below 200,000 to 198,000. The Sunday Business Post, despite a new look, lost 11% to rest at 34,000.…

Most of the morning tabloids had a bit of a mini-rally with The Sun and The Mirror gaining month on month.  However the Daily Star didn’t figure in the ‘surge’ dropping 150 copies and its first place spot among the redtops as well.

The Daily Mail reports a drop of over 6,000 on the month (-13%) which is a fairly sizeable decrease in a calendar month but much of that could be down to a reduction in their Multiple Copy Sales figure which dropped by over 3,000 month on month. The rest of the mornings are minimal in terms of movement and reporting worth.…

JNLR 2014 Q2 National Radio Listenership

The national picture shows that over the year listenership to radio slipped by one point to 83% or 2.9m people daily. In fairness it’s marginally ahead of the previous survey (Q1) by some 13,000 listeners. National radio listenership is up by 22,000 in the twelve months and home local stations dropped by 51,000.…

JNLR 2014 Q2 Dublin Listenership

The capital’s fortunes changed in this survey following twelve successive surveys of either stagnation or decline with Dublin radio listenership gaining a point to 80% bringing listenership to 810,000 on an average weekday (67% and 60% on Saturday and Sunday respectively for the overly curious). But beneath that figure lies a tangles web of thirteen stations whose fortunes were varied over the year.

For illustrative purposes I've added a table this time around showing the all the stations results over the last four surveys as well as a year on year comparison. I stick with the year on year for comparative purposes but it can get a little confusing discussing the long and the short term surveys.…

Looking at the individual stations and their underlying output now. In looking at these just remember that they are year on year comparisons: 14Q2 V 13Q2. Then within the stations there may have been changes to the schedule in terms of personality or the program time slot.

So on the surface some figures might look like there’s been a dramatic change (up or down) but you’d have to drill deeper to see what the underlying cause could be.…

There always has to be a top something or other, so here’s the Irish Radio top thirty. Twenty two of the top thirty births are occupied by an RTE station. The big gains, in percentage terms, are for Pat Kenny, two breakfast shows and the two sports slots on RTE (see bottom of the page).

Fallers were News at One and Liveline (one wonders was there a slight knock on effect there).…

Irish Newspaper Circulation June 2014

This month sees The Sun and The Daily Star dip below the sixty marks and the Mirror roots itself solidly into the forties. I’ve never made any bones about it – but I’m a huge fan of tabloids, but by no means a tabloid apologist when they over step the mark – as they have on numerous occasions.

The dip this month is particularly worrying for that group of papers. I appreciate dropping below sixty is purely psychological, but it has the ability to affect people within a struggling news brand.…

Turning to regional and local now: In terms of regional stations they face stiff and very localised competition from the home local stations in their respective franchises. Add to this the competition from the national broadcasters and you really have your work cut out for you. But, in the main, each of the Regional Stations is tracking in the right direction.

Beat 102 in the Southwest franchise still manages to keep RTE1 at bay and is making gains on the Home Local stations.…

Nothing spectacular happened in May – the end of the premier league and the beginning of the Football and Hurling championship (and therefore order being resorted to the world!).

The ABC’s were equally less than spectacular and continued along the same lines as normal. The Daily Mirror stepped into dangerous territory, dropping below the 50k mark.…

The NRS readership data was released today and it shows definite patterns emerging in UK readership data. The research covers April 13 to March 14 and combines the traditional face-to-face research to determine the ‘print’ element and comscore data to determine the web portion of the research.

The first item you’ll notice is the proliferation of minuses in the Print +/- column showing the decline in print readership in the past twelve months with the Guardian group falling the most. The rest of the qualities managed to save some face – but only relative to the Guardian fall.…

Facebook Publication Statistics

Tracking the social media element of news publications yields some interesting results. Looking at the infamous Facebook likes and fans shows that the papers are making an effort on that front recruiting fans on a daily basis.

Tracking this back to June of last year you can see that the Irish Times had the jump on the Independent, but the latter hunted them down over the year and is now only just over 10,000 behind. Both papers are adding fans at about 20% per month in the recent past.…

April was a very busy month with a few big sporting events and Easter and all that it brings. Easter is not the kindest for newspapers with the daily papers opting to exclude the 18th and 21st (Good Friday and Easter Monday) from their month’s total and the Sundays opting to exclude the 20th.

The tabloids would have been helped with Aintree and, to a lesser extent, the National League Final. The Daily Star added 1,700 and the Mirror 400 odd, The Sun on the other hand dropped 131 copies – all on the previous month.…

Dublin listenership straightened out after successive declines survey after survey. Actually, it’s not since 12Q1 has Dublin listenership increased on the previous survey. But taking the year on year approach listenership in the capital is down 15,000 and two percentage points on 13Q1.

Oftentimes the pendulum swings underlying the headline figure are minute, but this year bucks that trend.…

Here we take a look at the individual stations and their weekday daytime programmes. Two points to consider. Firstly the comparisons are year on year, not book on book so the comparisons in other quarters in many cases will be different – neither are wrong, the approaches are different that’s all.

This survey, more than others, there have been some large or wholesale changes in programming across many stations.…

I’ve updated this and expanded it to the top 30. We have twenty programmes for RTE1, five for Today FM, three for 2FM and two for Newstalk. 

Anyway, a series of ups and downs.…

Turning now to the Regional franchises and the local stations – looked at collectively this time round as there are a better fit together rather than separating the two.  

The regional stations are still performing well, but in every case they have a long way before they catch up on the local radio numbers. Although the home local dominates in every case it looks as if their grip is loosening as you can see from the individual graphs – most are in decline.…

March brings a bit of good news for the tabloids in the form of Cheltenham, which always manages to lift sales for them. However going on the past, this boost will be short-lived and April will bring a dose of reality to a beleaguered market.

The big winner this month was the Daily Star gaining close to 2,000 copies and it looks like it was at the expense of the Daily Mirror, who had a fairly disastrous Cheltenham month falling nearly 1,000 on February. The Daily Mail is obviously not a “punters paper” and never really held itself out as such: it dropped 2,500 on the month.…

The lift the papers got in January is well gone now and some of the publications dripped significantly. The Mirror dropped 2,900 copies (-5% on the month) leaving it at just over 51,000. The Irish Daily Star now at 61,000 whilst The Sun is down to 60,000 - down 7% on the year, The Star down 9%. The Morning are down 18,000 year on year and 8,000 on the month.…

It’s infinitely easier to amalgamate some of the data that’s appeared of late in one block. They all have a close association to each other, all hail from the UK and therefore it’s as well to marshal them all together. The data relates to the latest quarter of the NRS readership survey and the recent eABC certificates for the UK nationals.

The readership survey appeared on Wednesday and it shows what everybody knows that print is in decline and web was on the up.…