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Irish Online Newspaper Readership

I normally keep a tighter rein on the outpourings of comscore, but have been sadly remiss of late and missed two gems from an Irish perspective- it’s a sad reflection that we have to look to a US based organisation to get some solid figures on Ireland.

The research was conducted in September 2013 and shows that eight out of ten Europeans visited News & Information site in September. The Nordic countries lead the way taking the top three spots, followed then by Ireland with 96% of Irish internet users visiting a News & Information site that month. It interesting to note that we are passionate about news consumption - so long as it’s free!…

October 2013 Newspaper ABC's

The October ABC’s were released earlier today and show a continued decline of newspaper sales, for those that produce a monthly figure anyway. As a group the tabloids are still taking a beating, down 21,000 year on year and close to 4,000 month on month with The Daily Mirror contributing nearly half of that drop. 

The Daily Mail is down just shy of 3,000 on the month with the morning market down 7,500 on the month and 23,000 on the year.…

JNLR 2013 Q3 National Listenership

The National picture for radio is still very healthy with 2,995,000 or 83% tuning in on an average day. But as the graphic shows the picture has been one of slight erosion over that past few surveys given that in 2009 radio's reach was 87%.

The proliferation of technology isn't exactly helping radio listenership as with technology comes other distractions like Facebook and Twitter etc which might well be eating into what was once radio time.

Radio listenership is much dominated by the early part of the day with the morning schedule between eight and ten taking the loins share of the listeners.…

JNLR 2013 Q3 Dublin Listenership

Overall listenership in Dublin dropped marginally by 8,000 to 809,000 and a reach of 80%. The Dublin landscape is very interesting and changeable each survey. Again the caveat here is certainly to take into account the comparison between surveys, but also to look at the bigger picture of where a station is trending over a few surveys.

RTE1 dominates the Dublin listenership with 286,000 listeners and a 28% reach.…

Here we take a look at the individual stations and how their programmes compare to the same survey last year. This comparison is the twelve months to September 2013 compared to the twelve months to September 2012.

So in other quarters you’ll find a slight difference in the performance of the programmes as they will be comparing this survey to, most likely, the previous one (2012 Q2) so take note!…

This is the portion of the report that seems to get the most attention in the media, especially the print media. It’s how the individual programmes performed in the survey in comparison to last year’s numbers.
We have (in the spirit of Top of the Pops!) two new entrants with Dave Fanning and Today FM Saturday Sport joining the top 30.…

Normally, nothing really changes in the local franchises, a percent here or there dictates the headlines in most surveys. But there have been some seismic changes to a few of the stations figures, and not in a positive fashion.

Tipp FM’s reach dropped twelve points to 38% from 50%. Likewise Galway Bay moved to 36% from 45% down nine points.…

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulations September 2013

Just to recap – there are two distinct ABC reports – a monthly report, in which twelve morning newspapers available in Ireland subscribe to and equally twelve of the Sunday's provide data for. Three mornings and three Sundays only provide data on a six monthly basis to complete the lofty sounding 'Island of Ireland' report, a report which is given acres of space in print and way too much weight - and I stand guilty as accused on that front.

The monthly data correlates very highly with the overall market and should be given equal provenance. However, the argument would be that if you are part of the 49% of the morning market and 40% of the Sunday that slovenly produces data on a half yearly basis, why give prominence to titles that produce timely monthly data?…

Comreg Data 2013 q2

The latest Comreg statistics were released and as usual, throw up an array of data, too much to be all consumed here, but for a quick scan of the numbers I have taken out some of the salient points.

As with the data every quarter some of the numbers can be a little confusing, solely down to the rules pertaining to the data collection. For example we have a mobile penetration of 118% in Ireland (more mobiles than every man, woman and child in the country).
The reasons for that is that they are based on SIMS which are also used in mobile broadband and the way the data treats 'live connections' with a connection still considered live three months after cancellation.…

Post Sun Paywall

The Sun dipped behind a paywall on 1st August and its first audited figures for that month would normally be available today – but they pulled a fast one and withdrew from the ABC e-audit seemingly.

Prior to going behind the paywall, The Sun's website had average daily uniques of 1.8m, with an average of just below eight page view per visitor.  The Mirror on the other hand was always about 30% behind The Sun numbers coming in at 1.…

For the tabloids, August with the start of the premier league couldn't have come quick enough. A large group of soccer supporters seemingly regained their interest in tabloids this month and in the mix there are probably a scattering of GAA supporters too, loyal to the true faith and not concerned with the 'foreign game' at all!

Two big GAA games in August both featuring the metropolitans would have to have definitely added a few copies in the capital. Even the Daily Express, not noted for its GAA coverage, managed an increase in August.…

There are the newspaper prices of Irish Newspapers, Daily, Weekend Editions and Sundays Papers. They will be updated as regularly as necessary:

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Irish Independent €2.…
Irish Newspaper Readership JNRS 2013

Without the fanfare that used to accompany the release of the JNRS the figures they nonetheless surfaced this morning. This book is different to previous years in the respect that it measured newspaper readership across two medium, print and online. These two figures are then combined to give a “brand footprint” - the total reach of a news brand.

Whilst it’s a welcome move on behalf of the industry and one that perhaps should have been address some years back, there are some particularly irksome aspects to the survey.…

The NRS, the UK equivalent to the JNRS here, was released on the 23rd August. The survey is similar to our own (now) in that it takes account of readership of a paper in both print and online. It also makes for interesting data.…

Stuck in the ABC data yesterday was the web data for rte.ie and interesting reading it makes. The audit is for October 2012 and we have comparative data for October 2011.

The state broadcasters site is visited on average by 443,000 unique browsers (roughly equivalent to people) every day and 4.…

ABC Jan June 2013

The ABC Island of Ireland report was published today finally detailing the state of the newspaper market. It shows that all of the markets declined in the past twelve months. Sundays are down 9% to 834,000, mornings down 7% to 495,000 and Evenings back 6% to 73,000.    …

ABC Jan June 2013 Sunday Newspapers

The Sunday newspaper market dropped 9% or 81,000 copies compared to Jan June 2012. Similar to the morning market the tabloids have taken the brunt of that decline having fallen about 40% since 2005 whereas the non-tabloids have dropped about half of that in the same period.

The Sunday Independent remains the market leader selling 232,000 every Sunday. It dropped 3% on the same period last year and given that the market dipped 9% it, in some respects, outperformed the market.…

ABC Jan June 2013 Morning Newspapers

The morning market figures show declines across the board but in varying degrees. The total market is down 7%, or a few copies shy of 40,000 in comparison to the same six months in 2013.

The biggest faller was The Daily Star which lost 11% (8,500) of its circulation. The Financial Times also lost 13% but it’s coming from a very low base in the first place.…

ABC Jan June 2013 Evening Newspapers

I stuck to my guns on this one and shepherded the Evening Herald into the ‘Evening Market’. I appreciate that it now appears early morning but I’d hate to break with tradition.

As normal there’s little to say about the evening figures. The Echo is down 2,000 copies or 12%, close to the drop of its morning stalemate.…

The ABC just released the Consumer Magazine Report, which details the circulation figures of some 250 magazine titles available in the UK and Ireland. Unfortunately there is no breakdown of the RoI so there’s not a huge deal if interest in the figures here in the main. Nonetheless there are some interesting points that are worth highlighting.

The biggest distributed magazine in the survey was Tesco magazine with 1.…

ABC Newspaper Circulation July 2013

July ABC shows some very small gains in the tabloid sector. The tabloid market is up 500 copies on the month but 18,000 down on the year. The leaderboard changed, yet again, with The Sun now in the premier position.  The Daily Mail looks, on the surface, as if it dropped inexplicably, but its simply smoke and mirrors.…

After many decades and perhaps a modicum of soul searching, The (Irish) Sun has decided to abandon Page 3 in this jurisdiction. The reason forwarded is that the editorial staff have just realised that there are "cultural differences" between the papers spiritual home and here.

The decision was most likely taken to test the waters. The Sun in the UK and other periodicals have come under sustained pressure of late to cloth the page three lady or even retire her.…

Pat Kenny moves to Newstalk

The defection of Pat Kenny to Newstalk was a broadside, to say the least. The full impact of the move will only be felt perhaps in six months when the JNLR begins to pick up the possible defectors.

I will leave the would-be programme directors to speculate as to who will fill the void in the morning and how the new format will look. But, let’s ponder the numerics of the move on a few different levels.…

Looking at the top thirty programmes only six slots are taken up by an non RTE programmes. The biggest ‘independent’ programme is Ray D'Arcy at 235,000 followed by Ian Dempsey in at 168,000 listeners.  

Morning Ireland managed to put a bit of daylight over Joe Duffy by adding 6,000 while Joe dropped 7,000 - the gap now stands at 29,000.…

National Stations Listeners JNLR 2013_2

The national picture shows how the individual stations have done in the twelve months. Across the board the national stations have all dropped in the comparable twelve months. The three taxpayer funded stations dropped 50,000 in total and now have a combined reach of 34%, down one point.

2FM is showing a 29,000 decrease year on year, but, to be fair, if you look at the quarterly charts below you’ll see that it’s a slight improvement book on book and all comparisons here are twelve months to twelve months - not book on book.…

JNLR 2013_2 Dublin Radio Listnership

Total Dublin listenership dipped very marginally from 819,000 to 817,000 and this last figure represents 81% of the capital tuning into radio on a daily basis. The dominant station in the capital is RTE1 with a 28% reach down slightly from last year. Still making inroads into that figure is FM104 in second place at a 22% reach or 225,000 people.

From there is a bit of a gap to third with Spin 1038 at 131,000 having dropped 18% year on year.…

JNLR 2013_2 Radio Listening

The latest JNLR release for the twelve months to June 2013 show that radio, in the main, is still in a very healthy position. It reaches over three million people every day which is equivalent to 84% of the population. This is down 1% or 44,000 on the same twelve months to June 2012.

The figure of “National Radio” stands at 45% reach or 1,619,000 adults but this is a fall of two points or 80,000 listeners in the last twelve months.…

Local radio shows only small changes and, still, Highland Radio holds top spot. No station made substantial gains but, conversely, Galway Bay was a big faller down 17,000 and 7% followed by Shannon Side down 12,000 and 5%.  In Cork there was a very good gain for 96FM adding 29,000 listeners or 7%.

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June ABC's 2013

Relative to some of the previous months, this hasn't been too bad, but only on a month on month basis. June saw the start of the Football and Hurling, which may have contributed to a few sales and even the famous Anglo tapes might have helped papers other than the Indo a little as well.

The Daily Mirror added a few copies (and a shiny new website – which is worth a look at www.irishmirror.…

Anglo tapes in social numbers

It’s been an interesting month for the news media who have been feasting on the sound bites from the Anglo tapes. The Independent uncovered the tapes and gave over a lot, of warranted, space to the tapes. They also showcased their ‘digital first strategy’ – online and then supported via in-depth analysis in the print version/ online version.…