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 Times 3,929 3,828 4,001
Total 202,963 195,717 146,210
Sunday World 65,436 64,901 63,637
Sunday Life 66,763 63,528 63,528
Sunday Independent 6,794 6,264 6,557
Sunday Business Post 1,297 1,438 1,638
Sunday Tribune 3,328 3,222 3,162
Total 143,618 139,353 138,522
I suppose the only real highlights are that, over the year, the BelTel lost nearly 8,000 copies and the Sunday Life lost 3,200. Volumes are low as is the population in the franchise. Another possible reason for small Daily volumes is a thriving 'non-daily’ market with nearly half a million weekly papers being sold every seven days in the North. The tabloids were no included (ie The Sun, The Mirror and their Sunday sisters). They don’t break out the sales in the north and instead use ‘publisher’s statements’. I’ve seen a few publishers’ statements and the same publishers print runs and for those reasons I converted to cynicism.