Regional Newspaper Circulation 2009

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Regional papers are feeling the pinch with a year on year decline in the order of 8%. But some papers are really feeling the squeeze. As a group, of those that are audited, they are back nearly 30,000 copies. The table below is a bit information overload – but it’s worth looking at the data at that level.

Jan-June ’08Jan-June ’09+/- ‘000+/- %
The Anglo Celt13,83613,247-589-4%
The Argus11,47710,591-886-8%
Bray People5,2084,836-372-7%
Carlow People4,5994,60890%
Connacht Sentinel5,119n/a
Connacht Tribune24,407n/a
The Corkman8,0177,504-513-6%
Donegal Democrat (Thurs)12,57211,978-594-5%
Donegal Democrat (Tues)8,8827,970-912-10%
Donegal News Friday11,97711,541-436-4%
Donegal News Monday3,6303,8732437%
Donegal News15,60715,141-466-3%
Donegal Post4,9774,257-720-14%
Drogheda Independent10,0208,801-1,219-12%
The Echo9,2637,792-1,471-16%
Enniscorthy Guardian7,4537,361-92-1%
Fingal Independent5,4324,776-656-12%
Foinse4,3593,746-613-14%
Inish Times6,0705,486-584-10%
The Kerryman25,08922,797-2,292-9%
Kilkenny People15,52614,393-1,133-7%
Leinster & Offaly Express15,45714,186-1,271-8%
Leinster Leader11,96910,277-1,692-14%
Leitrim Observer8,0647,616-448-6%
Leitrim Post4,2454,245
Limerick Leader (Weekend)21,10219,034-2,068-10%
Longford Leader9,0798,749-330-4%
The Mayo News10,51110,229-282-3%
Meath Chronicle15,24913,294-1,955-13%
Midland Tribune (Series)10,136n/a
Munster Express10,0058,279-1,726-17%
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser13,79112,731-1,060-8%
Nenagh Guardian8,2377,906-331-4%
New Ross Standard6,3036,079-224-4%
Roscommon Herald9,0328,410-622-7%
Sligo Champion11,86810,846-1,022-9%
Tipperary Star9,0728,468-604-7%
The Tuam Herald9,3559,267-88-1%
Westmeath Examiner8,8977,656-1,241-14%
Wexford People12,69812,280-418-3%
Wicklow People12,55211,579-973-8%
Total 391,480361,829-29,651-8%

But a closer inspection reveals an interesting nugget. Of the papers that took the brunt of the hits, nearly half the total decline, six are from Leinster. I’m not reading too much into that, but it seems a high concentration in that province.

Title JJ 08 JJ 09 ‘0000%
Munster Express10,0058,279-1,726-17%
The Echo9,2637,792-1,471-16%
Donegal Post4,9774,257-720-14%
Leinster Leader11,96910,277-1,692-14%
Foinse4,3593,746-613-14%
Westmeath Examiner8,8977,656-1,241-14%
Meath Chronicle15,24913,294-1,955-13%
Drogheda Independent10,0208,801-1,219-12%
Fingal Independent5,4324,776-656-12%
Donegal Democrat (Tues)8,8827,970-912-10%
Limerick Leader (Weekend)21,10219,034-2,068-10%