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News Corp Reports Revenue Decline

News Corp, the publisher of newspapers including The Times and The Sun, has reported a 2.8% decline in revenues for the quarter ending 30th September 2013 with a decline in advertising being blamed for the decrease.

In the first quarter since News Corp was split into a highly successful entertainment company and a less profitable publishing business earlier this year, the latter’s net income rose from a loss of $83 million last year to a profit of $38 million. However, year-on-year annual sales actually fell from $2.13 billion to $2.07 billion, falling short of the $2.18 billion total predicted by analysts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


The news division, whose portfolio includes titles in the US, the UK and Australia, saw advertising fall 12 percent and revenues from circulation and subscription decrease by 6 percent with the Australian papers accounting for the largest decline (a 22% drop in sales).

In response to the results, Robert Thompson, News Corp’s chief executive, was keen to highlight that the company is in a period of transition with the brands’ evolution into digital content providers key to its future: “Our first quarter as the new News was the beginning of a journey in the digital development of the company. We […] are transforming our publishing operations longer-term into multi-platform businesses [and] we are even more convinced the company will thrive as the company becomes more digital.”

Paid websites represent a key part of this strategy – it is now three years since The Times and Sunday Times websites went behind a paywall with The Sun following suit earlier this year. While it has been a controversial approach at odds with that of the highly successful Guardian and Daily Mail sites, News UK argue that the indisputable reduction in visitors is compensated for by the quality of the data they have on their subscribers and, therefore, the level of targeting which they can offer advertisers. However, from Four’s point-of-view, this reduced traffic makes it difficult to reach a sufficient number of people on more niche areas of the site relevant to our clients, such as the Property section.

In addition, News UK has identified the iPad and tablet apps as central to a strong digital offering, with increased functionality and a wider range of creative advertising solutions being planned for 2014. With Tesco’s £119 Hudl tablet tipped to be a strong seller this Christmas, we believe that a presence on apps will become increasingly important to many of our clients in the coming months.

Climbing the Paywall

It is common knowledge these days that newspaper print is declining as people switch to online alternatives. The rise in the smart phone/tablet market means that consumers now demand up to date, quality news at all hours of the day. What does this mean for the future of news?

Online news, providing rapid access to news content at any time of the day would seem great for consumers, but is it? With declining circulation and readership figures across the industry, the future looks bleak for printed newspapers. News brands’ financial prospects are under threat as revenue for online advertising is not being fully monetized yet. While news brands’ experiment with new business models to try and revive their finances outside of print, the dilution of content reduces the quality of the content published as journalists are being stretched thin. The expectation to write more articles in a shorter time period unsurprisingly impacts the quality of what is being published.

Online News, Newspaper Paywall


The Times and The Sunday Times were the first publishers to adopt the paywall model which is when the consumer pays a subscription fee to access the online content. This was considered suicidal at the time by some; however the model is beginning to flourish with the number of online subscribers increasing 45% between the end of March 2012 and March 2013, to 140,000. Many other rival publishers, including The Sun, have followed suit with the paywall model. Consumers’ paying for their news will ultimately benefit from higher quality service and content as newspapers are able to afford to keep quality journalism a high priority. And besides it is hardly a new phenomenon for consumer to be expected to pay for their news content. What is surprising is how long the idea has persisted that one group of people are paying for printed news, while another group receives the same content for free online.

It seems inevitable for news brands to implement some kind of ‘pay for online content’ system. Chris Blackhurst, content director of the Independent and Evening Standard, believes that it is only a matter of time until all online national newspaper content goes behind a paywall. Studies suggest that this transition will occur over the next three years while 27 per cent of media companies said that they expects significant shift in profit margin increase over the same three year period. There are still unanswered questions and much speculation looming over the pay wall for online content which we will report on as clarity unfolds.

National Newspaper Circulation Figures Decline

The Audit Bureau of Circulation, known commonly as ABC, could also be an acronym for the question ‘Are Broadsheets Ceasing’, judging by their latest report on circulation figures from August 2013.

Looking at the daily and free titles, only the i has shown an overall growth in circulation from the same period last year. It has had the third largest percentage of decline from the previous months circulation figure, behind only its mother title the Independent and also the Financial Times.

July 2013 reported there was a spike in the month on month circulation figures for nearly all the daily titles, which is thought to be due to the hype surrounding the birth of the royal baby. Therefore it does not come as a surprise that the latest figures show a month on month decline for most titles, however the continuing year on year decline is something that would be more of a concern for the future of print. The tables below, taken from the August 2013 ABC circulation report, shows the difference in average circulation for both month on month and year on year figures.

National Newspaper ABC Figures – August 2013
Daily Titles Aug-12 Jul-13 Aug-13 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
Daily Telegraph 584,089 558,817 557,536 -26,553 -4.5 -1,281 -0.2
Financial Times 280,124 244,768 236,281 -43,843 -15.7 -8,487 -3.5
Guardian 204,271 191,182 189,646 -14,625 -7.2 -1,536 -0.8
i 281,530 305,129 295,179 13,649 4.8 -9,950 -3.3
Independent 81,804 72,271 68,696 -13,108 -16 -3,575 -4.9
Scotsman 36,344 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Times 407,720 400,245 391,643 -16,077 -3.9 -8,602 -2.1
Daily Express 550,502 533,039 530,631 -19,871 -3.6 -2,408 -0.5
Daily Mail 1,914,126 1,781,968 1,802,083 -112,043 -5.9 -20,115 1.1
Daily Mirror 1,088,724 1,040,148 1,045,971 -42,753 -3.9 5,823 0.6
Daily Record 276,270 249,733 252,575 -23,695 -8.6 -2,842 1.1
Daily Star 600,304 544,811 547,955 -52,349 -8.7 -3,144 0.6
Sun 2,502,691 2,281,301 2,258,359 -244,332 -9.8 -22,942 -1
Total Daily 8,808,499 8,203,412 8,176,555 -631,944 -7.2 -26,857 -0.3
London Newspaper ABC Figures – August 2013
London Free Press Aug-12 Jul-13 Aug-13 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
City A.M. 128,484 128,781 127,488 -966 -0.8 -1,293 -0.1
London Evening Standard 700,895 701,917 686,858 -14,037 -2 -15,059 -2.1
Metro (London) 775,252 770,569 756,658 -18,594 -2.4 -13,911 -1.8
Total London Press 1,604,631 1,601,267 1,571,004 -33,627 -2.1 -30,263 -1.9

In slight contrast to the daily and free papers, just over half the Sunday papers had a rise in month on month circulation. Most of these were the popular tabloid papers, such as Scotland’s Sunday Mail for example, which had the largest percentage increase of 3.4% (an additional 9,466 copies).

All the year on year figures for the Sunday papers was negative, with the Daily Star Sunday being 21.2% lower. Even some of the high quality papers had significant year on year declines, with both the Independent on Sunday and the Observer down in excess of 10%. The table below shows all the Sunday papers month on month and year on year average circulation figures.

National Sunday Newspaper ABC Figures – August 2013
Sunday Titles Aug-12 Jul-13 Aug-13 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
Independent On Sunday 123,696 114,270 110,157 -13,539 -10.9 -4,113 -3.6
Observer 246,245 220,315 216,839 -29,406 -11.9 -3,476 -1.6
Scotland On Sunday 43,382 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sunday Times 914,685 844,767 826,462 -88,223 -9.6 -18,305 -2.2
Sunday Telegraph 463,733 436,730 435,323 -28,410 -6.1 -1,407 -0.3
Mail On Sunday 1,811,463 1,658,035 1,675,474 -135,989 -7.5 17,439 1.1
Sunday Express 505,900 475,848 473,286 -32,614 -6.4 -2,562 -0.5
Sunday Post 275,608 242,033 244,637 -30,971 -11.2 2,604 1.1
Daily Star Sunday 439,621 341,733 346,205 -93,416 -21.2 4,472 1.3
Sunday People 457,964 419,115 425,293 -32,671 -7.1 6,178 1.5
Sun (Sunday) 2,133,616 1,927,406 1,916,570 -217,046 -10.2 -10,836 -0.6
Sunday Mail 315,077 281,157 290,623 -24,454 -7.8 9,466 3.4
Sunday Mirror 1,101,206 1,045,341 1,063,293 -37,913 -3.4 17,952 1.7
Total Sunday 8,832,196 8,006,750 8,024,162 -808,034 -9.1 17,412 0.2

In our opinion, one of the main reasons for the decline in print circulation is the broader choice and availability of news content via the internet and also more recently digital versions of the publications and apps created for mobile and tablet devises. Therefore, from an advertiser’s point of view, the continued decline in print circulation is not necessarily negative, it’s just a case of needing to explore all the available avenues in more detail.

National newspaper round-up: June 2013

The latest national newspaper circulation figures published by ABC this week show that the Daily, Free and Sunday markets were all down compared to this time last year.

Daily Titles

When looking at the quality market, the Financial Times saw the biggest period on period (PoP) increase between May and June 2013 at just 0.7%. This equates to a circulation increase of 1,833 copies. However, the Financial Times did post a year on year (YoY) decrease in circulation of 13% which equates to 38,737 copies. One must take in to account that the FT has recently culled many of its bulk copies.

The Daily Telegraph posted a PoP increase of 0.3% (1,527 copies) between May and June with a YoY loss of 4.6%.

Despite YoY losses across the quality market, the “I” posted a circulation increase of 11.2% which equates to a total of 30,412 copies. However, it did post a PoP loss of 1.2% between May and June.

The mid-market titles did not fare any better, the Daily Express saw a loss of 0.6% from May and a 13.3% YoY loss. Despite the huge popularity of the Daily Mail’s online offering, its print circulation saw a YoY drop of 133,000.

Overall, the dailies were down 0.2% PoP and 0.9% YoY overall.

London Free Press

City A.M. was the only title in this market to see any period growth, at just 0.1%. The Metro (London) posted the greatest loss of all three title in June, its circulation fell by 3,188 copies.

The London Evening Standard posted a YoY loss of 0.1% which equates to just 555 copies.

Overall, the Free titles were down 0.3% PoP and 0.6% YoY overall.

Sunday Titles

The Sunday market did not see any YoY growth across June, however, the Sunday Post was up 5.1% PoP, this was the biggest increase across all three markets.

According to the latest figures, The Mail on Sunday took the biggest hit with its circulation down just over 42,000 (-2.5%).

All titles were down across the yearly period, with the Sun (Sunday) losing 314,704, followed by the Mail on Sunday (186,344).

Overall, the Sunday titles were down 0.4% PoP and 11.6% YoY, surpassing the million mark in terms of circulation loss.

The above figures have shown that overall, print circulations are declining. This in some respects is down to readers switching to digital platforms to consume their news, business and more general content.

The graph below shows the ever increasing trend of National Newspaper- daily average unique users, this is in stark contrast to how we see print circulations currently performing.

National Newspaper Daily Unique Users

However, from an advertising point of view, we feel print is vital despite circulations reducing, the medium itself is tried and tested and promotes brand affiliation. These are key elements that print media has over its digital counterpart.

National Newspaper ABC Figures – June 2013
Daily Titles Jun-12 May-13 Jun-13 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
Daily Telegraph 573,674 545,579 547,106 -26,568 -4.6 1,527 0.3
Financial Times 297,225 256,655 258,488 -38,737 -13.0 1,833 0.7
Guardian 211,511 192,376 187,000 -24,511 -11.6 -5,376 -2.8
i 272,597 306,578 303,009 30,412 11.2 -3,569 -1.2
Independent 90,001 75,089 73,060 -16,941 -18.8 -2,029 -2.7
Scotsman 35,523 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Times 400,120 394,982 390,941 -9,179 -2.3 -4,041 -1.0
Daily Express 602,482 525,235 522,264 -80,218 -13.3 -2,971 -0.6
Daily Mail 1,939,635 1,787,558 1,806,569 -133,066 -6.9 19,011 1.1
Daily Mirror 1,081,330 1,041,289 1,038,753 -42,577 -3.9 -2,536 -0.2
Daily Record 279,324 255,238 252,626 -26,698 -9.6 -2,612 -1.0
Daily Star 602,296 534,813 540,849 -61,447 -10.2 6,036 1.1
Sun 2,583,552 2,269,238 2,243,903 -339,649 -13.1 -25,335 -1.1
Total Daily 8,969,270 8,184,630 8,164,568 -804,702 -9.0 -20,062 -0.2
London Free Press Jun-12 May-13 Jun-13 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
City A.M 132,857 127,983 128,152 -4,705 -3.5 169 0.1
London Evening Standard 700,506 702,458 699,951 -555 -0.1 -2,507 -0.4
Metro (London) 777,396 776,012 772,824 -4,572 -0.6 -3,188 -0.4
Total London Press 1,610,759 1,606,453 1,600,927 -9,832 -0.6 -5,526 -0.3
Sunday Titles Jun-12 May-13 Jun-13 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
Independent On Sunday 122,588 113,082 111,986 -10,602 -8.6 -1,096 -1.0
Observer 243,946 222,723 212,376 -31,570 -12.9 -10,347 -4.6
Scotland on Sunday. 44,041 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sunday Times 915,969 842,810 840,201 -75,768 -8.3 -2,609 -0.3
Sunday Telegraph 450,276 420,742 422,590 -27,686 -6.1 1,848 0.4
Mail On Sunday 1,824,393 1,680,069 1,638,049 -186,344 -10.2 -42,020 -2.5
Sunday Express 512,843 462,812 455,901 -56,942 -11.1 -6,911 -1.5
Sunday Post 279,120 232,412 244,257 -34,863 -12.5 11,845 5.1
Daily Star Sunday. 473,352 329,669 335,864 -137,488 -29.0 6,195 1.9
Sunday People 450,097 415,539 415,075 -35,022 -7.8 -464 -0.1
Sun (Sunday) 2,189,924 1,867,980 1,875,220 -314,704 -14.4 7,240 0.4
Sunday Mail 313,698 288,736 284,051 -29,647 -9.5 -4,685 -1.6
Sunday Mirror 1,088,499 1,029,210 1,037,542 -50,957 -4.7 8,332 0.8
Total Sunday 8,908,746 7,905,784 7,873,112 -1,035,634 -11.6 -32,672 -0.4

Guardian News & Media returns to profit, boosted by digital growth

On 16 July, Guardian News & Media (GMN) published their annual results for 2012/2013, showing another year of strong growth in digital revenues which are up 29% YoY to £56 million.

Guardian Returns to Profit

Source: Guardian News & Media, July 2013

As well as a sharp increase in digital revenue, the reduction in GNM’s operating loss was also helped by cutting £9 million from print costs, including a reduction in pagination following a redesign, as well as nearly £3m savings from editorial budget.

These results mark the end of the second year of GMN’s 5-year transformation programme, which has among its stated aims, the target of taking £25 million out of its cost base by the end of 2015/16, and reducing losses to a sustainable level over 5 years.

Whilst no publisher has yet found a definitive solution to managing losses resultant in the on-going transition from print to digital, GNM’s published earnings indicate that there is yet a sustainable future for quality journalism, even against the backdrop of a fast-changing and challenging market.

Paywalls: The future of the press or a barrier for digital progress

Last month, the global pricing study by Simon-Kucher & Partners showed that 90 per cent of online content would likely be held behind a paywall in the coming years, while 27 per cent of media companies said that they expect a significant shift in profit margin increase over the same three year period.

This outlook is likely to see the end of the ‘free for all’ online culture with two thirds of media companies expecting fees to be introduced for most of the content available online.

It comes as no surprise that after a successful trial for their international users that the Telegraph Media Group are set to launch their metered paywall around content for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

Non- subscribers will still be able to access 20 articles a month for free, followed by a £1.99 per month charge. The full

Online content goes behind a paywall


digital pack, which includes tablet editions, costs £9.99 a month.

If they wish to read more then they will be able to choose between two digital subscription pages:

• The Telegraph web pack offers unlimited access to the paper’s online content, plus access to its smartphone apps, for £1.99 per month (or £20 per year).

• The full digital pack, which also includes access to the Telegraph titles on tablet devices plus loyalty club membership, will cost £9.99 a month (or £99 per year).

This metered model is favoured by newspapers across the US – notably at the New York Times – and Canada. It is also employed in Britain by the Financial Times, but the Telegraph becomes the first general newspaper in the UK to introduce it.

By contrast, The Times and Sunday Times site is protected by a full paywall, restricting all access to users unless they pay for a subscription.

Both titles have continued to see a drop in their online readership since the paywall came into force with many blaming their strict subscription policy for this in favour of the metered model.

Not long after, The Sun also announced its plans to introduce a paywall in the second half of 2013.

This will coincide with the launch of its debut Premier League football video highlights being made available on the site from 17 August.

But the question must be asked are The Sun readers an audience who would adapt well to this new change, even with the access to Premier League matches?

Simon Fox, chief executive of Trinity Mirror has said that his publishing group will not place any of its content behind a paywall, choosing instead to expand the reach and quality of his publications.

Lord Rothermere, chairman of DMGT, has said that the MailOnline will also remain free, but the media wing of his business is experimenting with the launch of the Daily Mail Plus. Where by although certain aspects of the site will remain free of charge, users will have to pay for premium content.

The paywall is inevitable for the future of press consumption, as digital media becomes ever more the preferred method of access to the news. We believe NewsInt will watch their competitors success or otherwise with the metered approach and may well review their business model.

International Herald Tribune Rebrand

The New York Times Company has announced that it is to rebrand the International Herald Tribune (IHT), its 125-year-old newspaper based in Paris, in October this year. The new title will be branded the International New York Times and will be boosted by a large marketing campaign.

The rebrand will be accompanied with substantial improvements to both the print and online offering (especially in the case of the latter, which currently looks as if it belongs in the last decade). Aside from a more streamlined operation, the expected results will be to increase subscribers/online users thereby increasing circulation and impression delivery globally and, as a result, drive advertising revenues up across both platforms.

The change comes off the back extensive research with international audiences.  As Mark Thompson (President and Chief Executive of the New York Times Company) concluded, there is “significant potential to grow the number of New York Times subscribers outside the United States”. Moreover, further research showed that the NYT brand is far better known globally than the IHT. Consequently, it seemed logical to bring the two together and create a stronger and more cohesive product for both advertisers and consumers alike.

This bold move comes with sacrifices- the NY Times is looking to sell its stake in the Boston Globe and other New England media properties in order to fund this move (it will also help the business focus strictly on NY Times branded products).

Ditching the IHT name has been suspected by many in the industry for a number of years now (ever since The New York Times Company purchased the Washington Posts 50% stake of the IHT at the end of 2002). Further evidence was the integration of both and in 2009 and “The Global Edition of the New York Times” being included below IHT masthead in both print and online.

International Herald Tribune changes its name


Whether the choice of name is a good move remains to be seen. There is no denying that IHT has always had a strong affiliation with New York. When founded in Paris in 1887, the paper was called the New York Herald. This changed to the New York Tribune in 1924. In fact, the IHT name only came into force in 1967. However, despite its New York ties, we wonder what the effect of having “New York” in the newspaper’s name- especially in non-US friendly territories.

Moreover, having the word “International” in the same title as “New York” does seem a little peculiar and could confuse potential readers as they might wonder if it just a slimmed down version of the NY Times sold abroad or is if it is an international business daily. We suspect that the new name will result in the title mainly appealing to US expats.

From a commercial point of view, the global offering will bring immediate benefits. Currently, planning campaigns in the NY Times and IHT is a laborious process as they both operate separate rate cards. It is a far less streamlined affair than the FT and Economist, for example. However, a new unified rate card and greater synergy across the global portfolio will make global planning much easier.

What will these changes mean for the main competitors (these being the FT, the WSJ and, in part, The Economist)?  We feel that it is only the WSJ that need perhaps worry as it is the only other title which has a big appeal with Americans (local and expats), has roots set in the US and, when looking at circulation/distribution has one that broadly resembles that of the NY Times/IHT.

The FT and The Economist both have much smaller dominance in the US and their US circulations are much smaller as a percentage of their total global run (roughly 30% for the former and 48% for the latter). This compares to unified NY Times which will see roughly 77% of its circulation in the US and the WSJ with a whopping 96% of its circulation in the US. As such, whilst the FT and Economist might see advertisers use the NY Times as a way to reach the US market, it is unlikely that they will be taken off global media plans as they still have a much higher ex-US circulation and also benefit from enormous respect and brand prestige on the international stage.

ABC National Newspaper Round-Up: January 2013

Newspaper circulation


ABC National Newspaper Round-Up: January 2013

The New Year shows a promising start for the national press with period on period circulation increasing by 2.1% for the daily newspaper market and 1.9% for Sunday newspapers.

Quality newspapers have shown inconsistent results. The Financial Times circulation has continued to decline with a 3.8% (11,000 copies) decrease in January, however, whilst circulation declines, readership figures show a YoY increase of 0.6%.

The Independent and The Times also record a decline in circulation, with a 1.6% and 1.4% decrease, respectively, whilst The Guardian has seen a small circulation increase of 0.1% (218 copies).
The Daily Telegraph’s PoP circulation has increased by 1.5% (8,352 copies), whilst YoY circulation has decreased by 6.8% and readership by 13.8%.

i continues to grow in popularity, with a PoP growth of 2,169 copies (0.7%) and an impressive 20.8% YoY growth, making this publication the only quality newspaper to record an increase in circulation from January 2012. Further to this i has also seen YoY readership grown by a staggering 32.2%.

In the mid-market both the Daily Mail (1%) and Daily Express (0.1%) have reported a growth in circulation since December 2012. Whilst PoP circulation has increased, the year on year growth for both publications has declined (Daily Express: 9.7%, Daily Mail 7.4%).

City AM’s results are unique as they show a decline in circulation from December 2012 (0.5%), whilst the YoY growth has increased by 37.7%. This positive result will have been affected by City AM expanding the area in which they circulate in mid last year, increasing the number of stations they distribute at from 105 to 212 and in turn increasing the copies distributed by 30,000.

London Evening Standard report a PoP increase of 4,750 copies (0.7%), whilst the Metro showed a loss of 0.5% (3,860 copies).

Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph both record a positive PoP growth, with the Sunday Times circulation increasing by 8,130 copies (0.9%) and Sunday Telegraph by 6,944 (1.6%). Like many other national newspapers, even though PoP figures are positive, year on year results show that the Sunday Times’ circulation has decreased by 8.5% and Sunday Telegraph’s by 5.8%.

Whilst period on period figures record that some newsprint circulations are showing growth, this is  down to a slow December. The year on year circulation results are a representation of today’s declining print newspaper market but are mitigated by ever increasing digital platforms – which is maintaining or increasing overall readership.

News International Goes for Gold in the Circulation Race During London 2012

Source: The Times

Despite experiencing a circulation dip for the month of June, it is expected that along with The Times, The Sun will be boosted by the London 2012 Olympics due to advertising deals between News International, Samsung and Adidas.

The Times has been set to link up with Samsung to provide a “Times Lite” digital edition formatted for Samsung’s smartphones and tablets. This will be available as a daily download throughout the games period.

In addition to this, interactivity is crucial to the second News International deal, which is aiming to encourage readers of The Sun to send messages of support to British athletes into the newspaper, which will then be featured on Adidas-branded sweatbands.

Additional innovations include a “pub” hosted by The Sun at BT Live events taking place in Hyde Park during the Olympics, as well as an “Olympic Scrapbook” which has been distributed with the Sunday Times.

ABC National Newspaper Round-Up

The daily newspaper market circulation figures have fallen yet again to 1.8% PoP. The market is down 6.9% Year on Year. However, two dailies have reported an increase in sales over the month –the Daily Mail and i.

The Sunday Market saw figures fall – 1.2% PoP. The Independent on Sunday managed to avoid the trend, however, tabloid YoY figures have remained positive and this is probably still due to the closure of the News of the World.

National Newspapers – November 2011 – ABC figures

Title Nov-10 Oct-11 Nov-11 % YoY % POP
National Newspapers – Quality
Daily Telegraph 652,762 603,901 594,644 -8.9% -1.5%
Times 466,311 417,197 413,233 -11.4% -1.0%
Financial Times 400,699 345,077 337,239 -15.8% -2.3%
Guardian 270,582 230,541 226,473 -16.3% -1.8%
Independent 177,636 133,449 127,873 -28.0% -4.2%
i n/a 211,467 221,736 n/a 4.9%
Mid Market
Daily Mail 2,100,885 1,998,363 2,001,643 -4.7% -2.66%
Daily Express 639,690 614,534 603,318 -5.7% 0.2%
National Newspapers – Popular
Sun 2,898,113 2,715,473 2,624,167 -9.5 -3.4%
Daily Mirror 1,177,629 1,118,120 1,103,405 -6.3% -1.3%
Daily Star 756,686 658,690 643,490 -15.0% -2.3%
Daily Record 303,031 293,091 278,498 -8.1% -5.0%
Total 6,455,181 7,784,508 7,693,150 19.2% -1.2%

Sunday Newspaper Market – November 2011 – ABC figures

Title Nov-10 Oct-11 Nov-11 % YoY % POP
Independant on Sunday 150,931 130,942 133,108 -11.8% 1.7%
Observer 315,316 268,355 266,744 -15.4% -0.6%
Sunday Times 1,052,414 967,990 967,615 -8.1% -0.0%
Sunday Telegraph 501,430 471,894 465,389 -7.2% -1.4%
Mid Market
Sunday Express 545,475 679,265 658,331 -20.7% -3.1%
Mail On Sunday 1,985,333 2,000,251 1,975,728 -0.5% 1.2%
Daily Star Sunday 331,564 688,058 665,435 100.7 -3.3%
People 502,656 804,126 800,659 59.3% -0.4%
Sunday Mirror 1,070,062 1,773,627 1,760,141 64.5% -0.8%

Total 6,455,181 7,784,508 7,693,150 19.2% -1.2%

Further Analysis

Quality Daily Titles

  • i was the only Quality to enjoy a PoP boost – up 4.9% (over 10,200 copies)
  • The Independent suffered the biggest percentage declines – down -4.2% PoP and -28.0% YoY
  • The Daily Telegraph remains the top-selling Quality title, despite falling below the 600,000 mark after a -1.5% PoP fall in November

Mid-Market Daily Titles

  • The Daily Mail enjoyed a small 0.2% PoP rise, taking its total circulation above the 2m mark again
  • The Daily Express posted a -1.8% PoP fall to 603,000 copies

Popular Daily Titles

  • All of the red-top titles posted YoY and PoP declines
  • The Sun remains the top-selling daily, despite falling to 2.6m copies  after a -3.4% PoP drop (a loss of more than 91,000 copies)

Quality Sunday Titles

  • The Independent on Sunday enjoyed a 1.7% PoP increase to 133,000 copies
  • The Sunday Times remained fairly static during the month and is still the most-read Sunday Quality with a total circulation of 968,000 copies
  • The Sunday Telegraph recorded the biggest actual loss in the month – down by more than 6,500 copies PoP

Mid-Market Sunday Titles

  • The Sunday Express posted a positive 20.7% YoY increase but was down -3.1% PoP
  • The Mail on Sunday has fallen below 2m copies once again after a -1.2% PoP decline

Popular Sunday Titles

  • All three Sunday tabloids recorded PoP percentage declines, however, all three also enjoyed YoY increases – benefiting from the News of the World closure
  • The Daily Star Sunday posted a massive 100.7% YoY rise to 665,000 copies
  • The People is up 59.3% YoY to 801,000, while the Sunday Mirror is up 64.5% YoY to 1.76m copies (making it the most-read  Sunday red-top)