Daily Archives: September 16, 2012

Combined Print and Digital Readership Available for the First Time

This week saw the NRS PADD release its first ever set of combined Print and Digital Data, allowing publishers to measure audience reach across all or their media channels. In the past media buyers, media owners and other interested parties, had been able to calculate their print and web based readership separately, but had no means of calculating their total unduplicated combined reach.

Overall, the figures indicate that rather than losing readers, publishers are in fact reaching more readers on more platforms than ever before through multiple channels. The decrease of readership in print should not be viewed as a negative as it can only be seen to be increasing their readership through other media, such as; website, mobile phones, iPads and tablets.

The data comprises average monthly data taken over a yearly period between April 2011 and March 2012. It does not include users who access national newspaper titles via Apple iPads or tablets.
The Sun, not surprisingly, was the most read UK national newspaper with an overall readership figure of 17.8 million over the month; print only figure of 14.5 million, web figure of 1.7 million for thesun.co.uk and 1.6 million people read both the print version and website.

Following closely behind, The Daily Mail has a total of 16.4 million readers; 9.6 million print only, 4.7 million online only and a duplicated audience of 2.2 million. The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday have a combined reach of 18.5 million readers.

Third-placed overall was the Daily Mirror with an overall readership of 11 million readers, split between 9.1 million print readers, 1.9 million online readers and a duplicated readership of 400,000.
The Guardian was next with an overall readership figure of 11.2 million, split between 6.4 million online readers, 4.8 million print readers and a duplicated readership of 2.25 million.

The Guardian just pipped the Telegraph, which had an overall readership figure of 10.5 million, split between 5.3 million online readers, 5.2 million print readers and a duplicated readership of 1.7 million.

The Times, meanwhile, whose website is behind a pay wall, reported a website readership figure of only 295,000, which was dwarfed by rival quality newspaper websites. Overall, The Times brand reported a figure of 5.74 million, made up of 295,000 website readers and 5.52 million newspaper readers. This is a long term business model for News Int. but they must be disappointed with the level of growth of paying subscribers.

Combined Print and Digital Readership Figures

Source: Mediatel

Tabloid and mid-market titles follow the same trends by having a higher print readership and a much smaller online audience, with the exception of The Mail brand which reported a monthly figure of 6.82 million (April 2012), undoubtedly the highest figure amongst mid-market websites.

The Metro, for example, has one of the largest print audiences of 10.7 million (April 2012) but still has a long way to go in order to compete in the online market with a reported readership of 1.6 million (April 2012).

In terms of the qualities, some show the online-only audience making up the majority of a title’s readership. The Guardian has around 2.5 million print only readers, 4.9 million online only readers and 1.5 million people reading both the print version and the website offering.

This title has always lead the way in online offering but the monetising of this offering remains a challenge that other publishing houses also struggle with.