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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
Quality
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
Quality
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
Quality
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.

News Corp’s new home is the ‘Baby Shard’

Next summer will see News Corporation move into their new home in London Bridge, nicknamed the ‘Baby Shard’. Located in the shadow of The Shard, this building is part of the same £2bn Qatari-funded scheme and was designed by the same architect.

News International has been based in Wapping since 1986 when they moved out of Fleet Street, creating a landmark moment for the British Press.

News Corp in Wapping

Source: mediaweek.co.uk

By moving from Fleet Street, which was the traditional home of the newspaper industry since the 18th Century, Rupert Murdock began the strike that became a yearlong industrial dispute between print unions and News International.

With 17 floors offering 430,000 sq ft of office space, News Corp, will occupy most of the building, with Harper Collins and Dow Jones in the remaining space.

This will be the first time that all of the UK businesses within new News Corp will be under the same roof.

Baby Shard - News Corp

Source: Londonist.com

In support of the move Peter John, leader of Southwark Council said: “I am delighted that News Corp will be moving to such an iconic location in Southwark, bringing new jobs and opportunities to this part of London. The move underlines Southwark’s growing reputation as a place to do business and endorses our work as a council to generate real economic growth.”

With Four Communications having recently moved to the area, it seems that we have set a trend!

The Financial Times are already just around the corner in Southwark Bridge, we have no doubt that this move will only prove to strengthen the relationship Four Media already have with News Corp and open the doors for more opportunities to benefit our clients.

Further to this Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp said: “Our new London location in the vibrant borough of Southwark will allow us to realize one core objective as the new News – to work more closely and creatively, and leverage our collective resources.”

With IPC also based in Southwark Street it will be interesting to see who else moves into the local neighbourhood within the next year or so as Peter John says: “The move underlines Southwark’s growing reputation as a place to do business and endorses our work as a council to generate real economic growth.”

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
Quality
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
Mid-Market
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
Popular
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
Quality
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
Mid-Market
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
Popular
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

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
Quality
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%
Popular
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)

Newspaper May ABC’s: FT circulation slumps

The Financial Times reported a global circulation of 362,685 in May 2011, a fall of 2.52% on the previous month, making it the largest decline in the daily quality market. Year on year, the title was down 9.3%. The Times experienced the highest yoy decline of 13.3%.

The FT has defended its drop in print circulation by highlighting how digital figures are on the rise. They believe consumer tastes are changing and while print is declining, demands for quality journalism remains high; being consumed through alternative platforms.

Amongst the remaining national press, the ‘i’ appears to be defying the odds that there is no interest in new entrants into a congested newspaper market and has an increased circulation of nearly 6,000 on the previous month, bringing its total circulation to 167,067 in May.

The free market in London continues a pace with Metro and The Standard posting increases yoy and pop.

National Newspapers – May 2011 – ABC figures

Title May-10 Apr-11 May-11 YoY actual change % YoY POP actual change % POP
National Newspapers – Quality
Daily
Daily Telegraph 698,456 639,578 635,967 -62,489 -8.9 -3,611 -0.6
Times 515,379 449,809 446,684 -68,695 -13.3 -3,125 -0.7
Financial Times 399,862 372,076 362,685 -37,177 -9.3 -9,391 -2.5
Guardian 300,472 263,907 262,937 -37,535 -12.5 -970 -0.4
i N/A 161,151 167,067 N/A N/A 5,916 3.7
Independent 194,501 180,743 179,371 -15,130 -7.8 -1,372 -0.8
Sunday
Sunday Times 1,117,749 1,018,215 1,049,599 -68,150 -6.1 31,384 3.1
Sunday Telegraph 512,819 509,557 480,438 -32,381 -6.3 -29,119 -5.7
Independent On Sunday 164,188 154,227 151,212 -12,976 -7.9 -3,015 -2.0
Observer 340,247 302,975 293,053 -47,194 -13.9 -9,922 -3.3
National Newspapers – Mid-market
Daily
Daily Mail 2,090,469 2,100,300 2,056,881 -33,588 -1.6 -43,419 -2.1
Daily Express 663,627 635,576 631,588 -32,039 -4.8 -3,988 -0.6
Sunday
Mail On Sunday 1,918,512 1,944,724 1,918,751 239 0.0 -25,973 -1.3
Sunday Express 568,247 601,666 563,397 -4,850 -0.9 -38,269 -6.4
National Newspapers – Popular
Daily
Sun 2,936,099 2,783,110 2,846,905 -89,194 -3.0 63,795 2.3
Daily Mirror 1,238,145 1,172,785 1,168,664 -69,481 -5.6 -4,121 -0.4
Daily Star 822,934 692,157 702,044 -120,890 -14.7 9,887 1.4
Daily Record 328,618 312,566 311,540 -17,078 -5.2 -1,026 -0.3
Sunday
News Of The World 2,858,727 2,606,397 2,657,232 -201,495 -7.0 50,835 2.0
Sunday Mirror 1,148,107 1,097,434 1,086,961 -61,146 -5.3 -10,473 -1.0
Daily Star Sunday 357,130 309,237 305,984 -51,146 -14.3 -3,253 -1.1
Free Titles
London Evening Standard 607,130 699,422 706,499 99,369 14 7,077 1.0
Metro 1,336,019 1,371,048 1,383,048 47,886 3 12,857 1.0