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.…

With all the data we received yesterday, we nearly overlooked the readership data via the JNRS. It’s unfortunate (or otherwise) that they use the release date for the Island of Ireland report to also release the findings of the readership survey. 

The survey is conducted face to face with 7,000 adults annually and questions them on their newspaper reading habits, both the physical product and online.…

ABC Sunday Newspaper Circulation July December 2013

The Sunday Market, like the morning, dropped 6% year on year, down 54,000 to 811,000. Unlike the morning market where there was a somewhat consistency to the declines the papers in the Sunday Market had very mixed fortunes. If falling circulation still manages to get you the title of ‘best performer’, then the Sunday Independent deserves that accolade. It only dropped 3% year on year and all other titles in the market declined by greater percentages.…

ABC Morning Newspaper Circulation July December 2013

Morning Market: The first point of reference is that the morning market has fallen below 500k for the first time and, as can see from the various charts accompanying the post, there is no sign of any reversal of fortunes.

The big fallers year on year are the Red Tops who collectively are down 8%. The Sun and The Daily Star slug it out for worst performers in the Morning market title, watched on closely by the Daily Mirror. In the six month average both The Sun and The Star managed to stay above 60,000, but recent fortunes in the monthly circulations have shown that both papers come perilously close to going under that figure.…

January, thankfully, showed a change in the outlooks of the tabloids, most notably the Daily Mirror bouncing back some 7,000 copies on its December figure and the Sun followed suit gaining nearly 3,000. Still the year on year figure is bleak down between 5% and 9% - the latter percent being the Irish Daily Star.

All the papers got a lift for the New Year bar the Observer – which it should be noted is one of the most expensive papers in the Irish Market weighing in at €3.00 – the same as the FT.…

The National picture has been more or less static in terms of overall Radio listenership for the past few surveys. In this survey it’s down from a 84% reach to 83% reach on the same period last year but stable on the previous survey. 

Looking at the individual stations RTE1 dropped 19,000 listeners but kept its percentage reach, as did most stations in the survey.…

Dublin listenership has slipped yet again and is now at a reach of 79% or 803,000 listeners. Actually the listenership in the capital has either been briefly static or in decline since the survey of 2011 Q1 which is eleven surveys back at this point. There’s very little to indicate the reason for the decline in Radio listenership in the capital and one can only speculate that other activities have taken the place of what was once solely “radio time”.

Inside that overall figure of 803,000 is the battle between thirteen stations all competing for ears on a daily basis.…

This is a bit of number crunching and speculation around the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk. There are two things we know: we know where they are and we know where they were! Using that, a few sums and a bit of educated guesswork, we’re going to see where Pat Kenny might be hitting audience wise – with a few caveats naturally.

'Below the fold' you'll find an editable spreadsheet which contains the basis of this arguement.…

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

This year like others there will be differences in the comparative figures. The 2013 Q4 figure will be the same in all places that you read them, but the comparison figure is probably different here.…

This is the top 30, and to be honest shakes up a bit of interest and it’s the portion of the survey that the rest of the media, mainly print media, pick up on. The big gains come from the two Sport slots on RTE at the weekend and Claire Byrne on a Saturday.

It’s a fact of like that schedules change, so where possible the asterisk denotes that the comparison has changed.

Fallers in Today’s schedule were for the KC Show and Phil Cawley shows and Drivetime and Playback on dropped on RTE1.…

JNLR 2013 Q4 Local Stations

Much like previous surveys, local area franchises remain as they were. Except there are two large fallers this survey.

Galway Bay dropped 25,000 and thirteen percentage points and Tipp FM dropped 13,000 and ten percentage points. To counter this there were no huge gains either, the largest being East Coast with 3,000.…

Just a small bit of information regarding the differences between the Monday to Friday Sales and a Saturday sale for the various papers. The ABC will break out the Saturday and non Saturday sale.

Even if the Guardian and Telegraph are coming from a low base, the lift is still fairly impressive and would indicate that there is a good demand for a quality UK based paper at the weekend and all that it offers in terms of extra supplements.

The big number increases go to the three tabloids with The Sun being the main beneficiary, increasing its circulation by 50% on its M-F sale and the others by 28%.…

ABC E Numbers December 2013

Interesting numbers from the ABC, but this time it’s their ‘e’ numbers. Ever since The Sun went behind the paywall, with moderate success, we’ve kept an eye on web traffic for The Mirror to see how it fairs without that competition.

They’ve had a decent month breaking through the 2m mark, but still a good bit to go catching up with the Guardian and The Mail. But there was some buried information in the ABC release.…

December is always a bad month for sales and this year is no different. The tabloids took a beating last month dropping 10,000 over the month. The big faller was The Mirror leaving 5,600 behind on November. The Sun fell into the 50’s pit for the first time and The Daily Star hung on by a very narrow 400 copies.…

Very interesting numbers from News UK last week – publishers of the Sunday Times and The Sun etc. After a few months behind a paywall it has revealed that the Sun has currently 117,000 subscribers to its digital offering Sun+.

Their last audited figure before they went behind the wall was 1.8m for July 2013 which equates to a 6.…

It slipped into the ABC email, hoping to remain unnoticed perhaps. But along with the monthly ABC’s was the website audit for independent.ie for August 2013.

Unfortunately this audit is not directly comparable to their previous audit as the sites under scrutiny are different.…

November ABC Irish Newspaper circulations 2013

A fairly grim month for the Tabloids, again. Whatever it was about the month all the titles suffered. The Sun back nearly 3,400 copies (about 5%) and The Daily Star recording a 1,600 drop. The Mirror was the surprise of the month adding 1,800 to its numbers.…

All very interesting in the regional’s where Mediaforce (represents regional newspapers to advertising agencies and major advertisers (Mediaforce Titles) are making a play for the Republic Of Ireland titles of Johnston Press for a suggested €8.5m in cash.

The current Johnston portfolio is Dundalk Democrat, Leinster Leader, Leinster Express, Leitrim Observer, Longford Leader, Kilkenny People, Limerick Leader, The Nationalist and Munster Advertiser, Tipperary Star and The Echo. Mediaforce here represent over 50 regional titles in the Republic.…

Here’s a very quick look at the latest NRS survey in the UK released yesterday. Readership of the print edition combined with comscore data on their respective websites gives a PAAD - Print And Digital Data or a news title’s ‘brand footprint’ –their total readership across print and electronic media.

In terms of print readership, The Sun is by far the best read paper in the UK at 6.1m readers every day, nearly 1.…

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.…