ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation May 2017

May circulation figures throw up nothing out of the ordinary this month. In the morning the tabloids are down collectively nearly 7,000 with the Daily Star dropping 2,700 on the month and The Sun not far off that down 2,400. The morning market is down 8,000 driven mainly by the fall in tabloid sales. Like the morning market, the Sunday market is continuing the downward trend. The Sunday Mirror and People added to their numbers, just shy of 1,000 in both cases. The big loser this month was The Sunday Times falling 2,500 on the month. Title May-17 17-Apr May-16 […]

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation April 2017

April newspaper circulation sees that the morning papers actually increased circulation month on month by just over 1,000. The tabloids held firm on March bar The Star who lost 600 copies. The Daily Mail added over 1,000 without tinkering too much with their bulk figure. The market was up 3% on the month and down 8% on the year. In the Sundays the tabloids as a group were up around 600 copies with the Sunday People the only title showing a deficit. The Mail on Sunday was up over 6,000 copies with about 1,000 of that from bulks, the rest […]

JNLR 2017Q1 National Listenership

The JNLR radio research for the first quarter of 2017 has been released. Nationally it shows there has been an increase in listenership to 82% or 3,083,000, an increase of 101,000 on the last book and 94,000 on the previous year. It also means that the total number listening to the radio is above the three million mark for the first time since 2015. It should be noted that there has been a small increase in the estimated population in this survey and there are times when the overall percentage may actually go down in comparison to other books, but […]

JNLR 2017Q1 Dublin Listenership

Currently 75% of the Dublin population tune into radio every day or 820,000 people. This is up 25,000 on the previous book but in percentage terms, it’s down one point. Listenership of radio has been in decline in Dublin for the last six books in succession (in percentage terms) and whilst the national listenership has had a small uplift in this book the Dublin listenership sees no signs of gains. The latest research shows that out of the twelve stations in the Dublin survey, nine of them show an increase over the last book but only four show a gain […]

JNLR 2017Q1 Top 30 and Station Programmes

Looking at the individual programmes not it shows that RTE1 took all the berths in the top five gains table, book on book, with Marion Finucane gaining 28,000 (9%).  RTE also take all the prizes in the Year on year table with Sean O’Rourke taking the premier position with a gain of 28,000.In the falls, Countrywide took the biggest hit, book on book, with a 11,000 fall and also looking at it on a year on year basis. Tables: Gains and Falls Book on Book Gains     2017Q1 2016Q4 2016Q1 BoB   YoY Marian Finucane 11.00-13.00 RTE 1 Sun […]

JNLR 2017Q1 Cork Listenership

In Cork, radio listenership stands at 83% or 355,000 people, which is up 16,000 on the last book. The big winner this book was Red FM adding 12% or 14,000 and really putting some daylight between it and 96FM. Today FM also had a solid quarter in Cork adding 6,000 or 14% to its listener base. The only station not to see an increase in listeners was C103 dropping 3,000 over the quarter. Table: Cork Reach   Latest Book on Book   Year on Year   17Q1 16Q4 +/- +/-   16Q1 +/- % Any Radio 355 83% 339 82% […]

JNLR 2017Q1 Regionals and Local

Here’s where we look at the local and regional franchises. Again, they are not comparatives as they simply can’t be compared to each other. I’ve made little or no comment as the data is self explanatory and my outpourings won’t add much. Each is compared to the last book and the last year. While the nationals and Dublin stations, in the main, improved the local area franchises took a bit of a pounding book on book with only six of the seventeen showing an improvement. Area Franchise 2017Q1   2016Q4   2016Q1   BoB   YoY     000 % […]

March 2017 ABC Newspaper Circulation

It’s not really surprising that Cheltenham helped the tabloids as it does every year. Collectively they are up 4,600 on February with The Sun taking the lion’s share of that adding 2,400 on the month. Outside that the Morning market was fairly quiet. The Sunday market doesn’t get a lift from Cheltenham. Nevertheless, there were a few changes. Collectively the tabloids were down just shy of 2,000. The Mail on Sunday was down 1,200 and The Sunday Times added 2,000, with the majority of the increase occurring in retail sales. Overall the market was up 3000 on the previous month […]

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 […]

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 […]

Irish Newspaper Circulation July-Dec 2016 Island of Ireland Report

Probably the bellwether statistic of recent times is the rate of decline in circulation year on year. The Island of Ireland Report July-Dec 2016 shows that in the latter half of 2016 the Sunday and morning markets have reversed any small gains they had made in the last few years. You can clearly see from the graphic below that, whilst not setting the world alight, the most recent few reports show the market moving somewhat in the right direction and that the rate of decline was ‘improving’ or static at best. This report indicates that the market has fallen in […]

January 2017 ABC Circulations

As the Island of Ireland report hit the desk today I’m going to limit the analysis on the January monthly ABC’s!   A few notables are The Sunday Mirror and People did badly on the year on year. The Sunday Times is up 1%  as is The Sun Title Jan-17 Jan-16 Dec-16 Y/Y M/M % Y/Y %M/M Daily Mirror 35,433 38,765 34,503 -3,332 930 -9% 3% Daily Record 257 263 258 -6 -1 -2% 0% Irish Daily Star 50,940 52,930 48,395 -1,990 2,545 -4% 5% The Sun 56,399 55,767 55,269 632 1,130 1% 2% Tabloids 143,029 147,725 138,425 -4,696 4,604 […]

JNLR 2016Q4 National Listenership

The JNLR radio research has been released and it shows that 81% of the population tune into the radio every day. While that’s a healthy reach, given the fragmentation that’s seen in other media, there is an underlying downward trend apparent over the last few books. In 2009 the reach was a particularly healthy 87% indicating that, on average, it’s dropped about a point a year over the last seven years. I think that has to be seen in perspective to radios biggest geographic market, Dublin, where the decline is much more pronounced. It too was at 87% in ’09 […]

JNLR 2016Q4 Dublin Listenership

Overall Dublin listenership now stands at 76% or 795,000 people every day. This is down one percentage point on the previous book and four percentage points on the previous year. It’s the sixth successive fall in the Dublin market with no sign of a letup. The graphic below gives a good visual representation of what’s been happening over the past few books. Like the national scene, the market is dominated by RTE1 with a 28% reach and 299,000 listeners every day. That’s down 2% on the previous year and up marginally on the last book. Table: Dublin Reach   Latest […]

JNLR 2016Q4 Top 30 and Station Programmes

The part of the research that is most repurposed by the reporting media is the pecking order of the ‘talent’ in terms of the top 30. Note: the time slots for certain programmes have changed over the year (not book on book) and therefore, for the purposes of the Gains/Falls, they have been excluded as the comparative would be skewed. The year picture was good for RTE1 with wins for Sunday Miscellany and Tubridy. The gains were very much outweighed by the losses in numbers where they suffered badly with Saturday Sport and The Week Note: The Gains are Falls […]

JNLR 2016Q4 Cork Listenership

Radio listenership in Cork remained at 82% but fell in absolute numbers to 339,000 down 2,000 on the last book and down from 84% (-7,000) on the year. The two incumbent Cork stations dropped marginally book on book falling 3,000 each since the last survey. Red FM is still the largest station with 117,000 listeners but that’s down 16,000 in last year. 96FM in second place at 106,000 also saw a fall from the previous year of 7,000. RTE1 dropped 5% on the previous book which was the biggest fall in Cork. Stalemate 2FM managed to a 7% increase (from […]

JNLR 2016Q4 Regionals and Local

The regional numners are below. You can do with it as you must. The local franchise areas and the multi city areas are covered with comparisons to the last year and book. The tables shouldn’t be considered as a comparative as the franchises compete in different areas with vastly different population structures and market dynamics.                 BoB   YoY Area Franchise 2016 Q4   2016 Q3   2015 Q4   +/- Ch %   +/- Ch % Regional SE Beat 94 24%   95 24%   97 25%   -1 -1%   -3 […]

ABC Circulation Newspaper Sales December 2016

The final chapter on 2016 with the ABC’s for December for a certain amount of papers – we have to wait until the 16th of next month to see the tally for the other papers. December is traditionally a slow month for papers and many of the days across the month are ‘excluded’ – an allowable feature where, due to circumstances like public holidays or a press failure you can remove those days from your average because of the poor sales. No surprises this month: the tabloids saw small falls reducing their combined sale for the month by 1,700. The […]

ABC Circulation November 2016

Less than ten years ago the Irish Daily Star published their ABC cert for July December 2007. It turned in at 112,040 – a record high (or a new high at that point). The paper had been on a winning streak since 2001 when it first crossed the 100,000 threshold and stayed there until the last six months of 2009. November sees another benchmark for the title as it dips below 50,000 for the first time. I’m trying to single the paper out for special attention or trying to ridicule their efforts. I was in the salt mines when the […]

UK NRS Data September 2016

It’s a bit much in terms of data, but none the less very interesting given the happenings across the pond over the last twelve months. The UK NRS readership data was released this week giving a plethora of data across various media where publications are available. It’s worth pointing out that the categories are not exclusive: print is not print only. A person answering that the saw a print edition of a paper may also have seen it via a PC or mobile/tablet. And the same applies across all categories. I’ve concentrated on print but want to pause at the […]