USA ABC Newspaper Circulations

You can’t escape the USA today – it being election day. So on the back of that I thought I’d have a quick look at the leading papers in the US and see how they are fairing against the previous year. They take a slightly different approach their ABC data as they combine the daily press circulation and the number of registered (ie access to restricted material) users. On the face of it, the press

Some good news for Newspapers

There was some good news from the USA on a potential ray of hope for the newspaper and magazine business. The research was conducted but the measurement company ComScore and it looked at the readership of newspapers by tablet owners.   It found thet just over one in ten tablet owners read a newspaper on their device on a daily basis rising to over one in three who view newspapers on their devices on a

Irish Independent Broadsheet or Compact?

I alluded to this on a couple of occasions before in this pixelated version of reality. Running two editions of a newspaper – one broadsheet and one compact, is a risk free but expensive decision. On one hand you let the market decide which format they prefer by giving them the choice of both formats and offending no-one. But in doing so you double up on your subbing (no a whold lot), layout, pre-press, plates,

JNRS Irish Newspaper Readership 2012

Publication 2012/11 2011/10 +/- Any Daily 1,774 49.20%   1,732 48.20%   42 Any Morning 1,647 45.60%   1,634 45.50%   13 Irish Independent 465 12.90%   500 13.90%   -35 Irish Times 287 8%   324 9%   -37 Irish Examiner 169 4.70%   169 4.70%   0 Irish Daily Star 348 9.60%   372 10.40%   -24 Irish Daily Mirror 208 5.80%   207 5.80%   1 Irish Sun 297 8.20%   276

Irish Newspaper ABC Circulation September 2012

Starting with the tabloids as it, historically, is a decent month for them. But not for all of them as The Sun took a hit of some 1,100 month on month. The Mirror was down 800 and the Daily Star just maintained the previous months figure.  Perhaps this was due in part to the finals of the Football and Hurling and offering the supporters a promotion on their home turf. The Daily Star targeted the

ABC Complaints in the people’s republic

Nothing beats a bit of decent competition. It ups the ante for all concerned. The salient part of the first sentence was the word “decent”. We’re not asking for strict Queensbury rules here, actually we’ve always advocated a more “Dan Donnelly” approach to the pugilist’s art. With obviously not enough on their plates (like declining sales, declining advertising revenue, no digit strategy to speak of etc) the papers in the People Republic have taken to

To App or not to App

A particularly interesting bit of research for the USA on the adoption of pads/smartphones and how they help to deliver news to their owners. The research shows that with the introduction of cheaper tablets and smartphones in 2011, this has lead to a huge increase in the number of Americans accessing the web through these devices. Actually, the research showed that half of all Americans now have a mobile connection to the ‘net. In 2011

I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday….

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” as Wimpy would suggest to Popeye that he feed him, yet again. A short term solution to a long term problem. The decision of the Irish Daily Star to publish the pictures of Kate Middleton was a decision very much based on selling papers on a Saturday but ultimately may lead to unwinding the company on Monday. The speed of the criticism was incredible and the

Irish Newspaper Circulation ABC August 2012

This month sees some actual month on month increases in newspaper sales. To highlight just how rare that is:  in the last 20 months there have only been six months where a month on month increase in the overall market has been recorded and one of those months was the introduction of the Sun on Sunday. The tabloids did well this month recording a 4,000 increase on the previous month. August is normally a strong

Hot water for The Scottish Sun & serialisation

Some interesting developments in Scotland that have some interest for us here as well. The Scottish Sun, which is similar to The Irish Sun in that it’s a sanitised version of the ‘main’ paper taking into account the different pallets of the various regions, has landed itself in hot water with many section of Scottish society and beyond. If you’re not a follower of the round ball (foreign game style naturally) in Scotland some background:

Irish Newspaper Circulation July 2012

The Morning tabloids showed a rise in circulation, mainly due to the strength of the Mirror, although The Sun and Star had small increases as well. Surprisingly, there was only one faller month on month – the Daily Mail. This is counter balanced by the fact that there were only two papers to show and increase year on year.   The tabloids are down over 30,000 in the past twelve months and the total morning

Irish Morning Newspaper ABC Circulations, Jan-June 2012

Like the Sunday Market there is a headline figure in the morning market and it’s the Daily Star. It’s nearly out on its own with a double digit decline of 14% falling to 75,000 and down nearly 12,000 copies over the year (let’s spare ourselves all the analogies to the small lights in the sky). In market terms the tabloids have suffered the most at the hands of the recession down collectively 11% year on

Evening Newspaper ABC Circulations, Jan-June 2012

Although the evening market is really just two local papers at different corners of the country – they still have to be covered. With the market as it is, the Evening Herald did well to more or less retain last year’s numbers. The introduction of the Dubliner magazine on Thursdays and the ability to grab headlines (Herald was all over Sky news today as it published pictures of Prince Harry in Vegas) seems to be

Irish Sunday Newspaper ABC Circulations, Jan-June 2012

Outside the headline figure of a 31% drop for the Sun on Sunday compared to the News of the World, the big story would be the 14% drop in the circulation of the Sunday Business Post.  In the last twelve months it lost nearly 7,000 copies and dropped to just above 41,000. Luckily for the spin in the sales department, there are 1,400 copies (3.5%) of ‘bulks’ in that figure – but they’re not alone

Irish Newspaper ABC Circulations, Jan-June 2012

The laggards in the ABC certifications finally showed their hands and, without putting too fine a point on it, many of them we holding “Aces and Eights”. The figures make for very grim reading for some publications at this poker table.  All the figures are ABC Jan – June 2012 compared to ABC Jan – June 2011. The Sundays narrowly avoided slipping the wrong side of 900k. Helped in this by some cosmetics for the

JNRS 2012/11

It’s sometimes very difficult to reconcile the two public numeric’s of Newspapers; circulation data and readership data. The newspapers are very much on a downward trajectory in the circulation theatre, but the recently released JNRS data in many cases tell a very different story. In the mornings, the Independent and the Times lost 7% and 11% respectively whilst the tabloids made great strides – unlike the data in their circulation figures.  The Daily Mail made

Regional Newspaper Circualtion

 Regional Newspaper Circualtion Title County Circulation Last Verified Anglo Celt (The) Cavan 12,133 ABC JJ 2011 Argus (The) Louth 9,307 ABC JJ 2011 Athlone Topic Westmeath 5,500 Bray People Wicklow 3,944 ABC JJ 2011 Carlow People Carlow 3,651 ABC JJ 2011 Carrigdhoun The Cork 6,000 Clare Champion Clare 15,742 ABC JD 2011 Clare People Clare 8,753 Connacht Sentinel Galway 5,138 ABC JJ 2011 Connacht Tribune Galway 21,043 ABC JJ 2011 Connaught Telegraph Mayo 14,480 Corkman

Irish Newspaper June ABC Circulation 2012

I may have been a touch hasty writing the epitaph of the Daily Star when it lost its status as “King of the Tabloids” last month. It didn’t do too much, bar stand still, and let The Sun drop 1,200 copies to let The Daily Star regain its title. The Mirror also fell back by near enough 1,000 copies so the Daily Star was the only tabloid to gain in June. It’s most likely the

Celtic Media Group and Johnston Press changes

Two different scenarios is the ever changing landscape of Local press. Celtic Media Group has been acquired but some of its management team and Johnston Press closes one of its titles and makes some editorial changes. Celtic Media Group have acquired five titles from its (one time) parent Dunfermline Press at what can only be described as a fire sale in terms of the previous selling prices of the titles. They have acquired the titles

May ABC Newspaper Circulation 2012

The Kings is dead, long live the King. Not since January 2009 has the Daily Star been out boxed by its rival, The Sun. But even in that figure there is a measure of ‘smoke and mirrors’. The Daily Star circulation figure historically is an amalgam of its Republic of Ireland figure and its Northern Ireland edition (the Green Top). The Sun figure is simply the Republic of Ireland figure – so arguably in this