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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.”

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

source: ereleases.com

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.

Sunday Times Style gets a make-over

10 March saw the re launch of Sunday Times Style Magazine, with the title being restored to its original roots; fashion and beauty. Non fashion and beauty editorial, including food, has now been moved to the Sunday Times Magazine, allowing Style to focus on its namesake. Strangely, Interiors has been retained.

Whilst the range of editorial content in the publication has decreased, the number of pages has increased, offering more beauty editorial and in turn advertising opportunities.

Style’s facelift will be supported by a year long brand campaign, designed to make this publication key within the fashion and beauty sector and set it aside from competitors.

Readers will have the opportunity to attend high profile branded events, such a Style Conversations, which has previously featured some of the world’s most famous and influential fashion designers including Valentino, Donatella Versace and John Galliano.

Repositioning this brand removes Style from the category in which it is currently bestowed, a Sunday Newspaper Supplement, in an attempt for it to be considered a prestigious and influential fashion and beauty publication. The publishers hope that this new focus will encourage advertisers to advertise in a relevant environment, whilst targeting the title’s high-end demographic. Hence Chanel taking the outside back cover in this weekend’s edition.

Head of Strategy, Times & Sunday Times at News International said: “This is one of the most important re launches for Style in its 10-year history as a standalone section. In recent years the magazine has become home to a range of content which, while much loved by readers, isn’t central to its mission. By refocusing the magazine on fashion and beauty we can ensure that we’re giving our core readers what they want whilst also offering advertisers a clearer opportunity.”

Sunday Times Style is revamped

Source: Style

Whilst Style’s re launch will be music to many Sunday Times fashion lovers’ ears, the question on our mind is – where is this publication now going to sit within the fashion and beauty advertising market? With firmly established competitors, is an increased fashion and beauty focus going to be enough to draw in additional advertisers? We have our doubts as to the volume of additional advertising.

Mail On Sunday’s YOU, an established fashion and beauty magazine supplement, boasts a readership that is 48% higher than Style. Their readership profile is also broader and younger than Style – and unless a brand is truly ‘top end’ the’ norm’ demographic of ABC1 18-45 for fashion and beauty advertisers will apply.

Being weekly, Style’s readership longevity is reduced compared to the established high circulation monthlies such as Glamour and Cosmopolitan and therefore not a threat to them.

They will undoubtedly be keen to continue to take and maybe increase their share of the GWP (gift with purchase) promotional advertising enjoyed by the weekly supplements and the paid for titles such as Grazia and Hello.

With the plethora of quality paid for fashion and beauty titles a ‘free’ supplement is less likely to command the gravitas of Vogue or Marie Claire. But should the editorial team be able to deliver exceptional ‘exclusives’ they may gain a higher profile in this crowded and competitive marketplace. Perhaps taking over from where ES Magazine sat in the days of its premiership in this market and command some additional lucrative fashion advertising. The quality of advertisers in this weekend’s issue was quite high though 3 ‘House’ ads were evident.

With print advertising revenues so hard to attract we see their logic of being more focussed in their delivery but doubt that they will immediately draw in large amounts of ‘new’ advertising.

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.

Print Property Supplements Invest

The national press property supplements have clearly reacted to capitalise on the signs of positive growth within the London property market.

The Telegraph is set to launch its new property and interiors supplement called Luxury Homes on October 1st. It will be a 44 page glossy magazine containing a 50/50 ratio split of advertising and editorial. It will only be distributed within the Telegraph’s 500,000 London and South East circulation. It will also be sent to the CEOs of the FTSE top 250 companies to capitalise on its core AB readership.

Luxury Homes will contain editorial features on property trends, overseas, finance, landscaping and interiors as well as home entertainment.

The Daily Telegraph has 1,005,000 readers on a Saturday within the London and South East area (TGI GB 2011 Q1). 55% of these readers are AB adults with savings and investments worth £88,900 on average according to Premier TGI 2011. The average home value of the Daily Telegraphs Saturday readership is approximately £602,606. Luxury Homes will allow advertisers to focus on these readers.

On the other hand, The Sunday Times ‘Home’ section is starting to look dated with no revision in sight for its current layout. The Sunday Times once used to be a guaranteed profit generator for News International. However, over the past two years it has been making a substantial loss. In January News International announced a reported pre-tax loss of £45 million for the 12 months to June 2010.

Conversely, The London Evening Standards property section Homes & Property is showing itself to be a strong part of the London property scene. Homes & Property was launched in 1996 with the aim to provide its London centric readership with reliable and intelligent information on the London property market as well as covering areas such as gardening and interiors.

Its editor Janice Morely and team of expert writers have written all sorts of editorial that focus on different areas of London and abroad. Many Londoners see Homes & Property as an excellent guide to buying and renting properties within the capital. In stark comparison to the Sunday Times the London Evening Standards readership has increased over the same June July period 2010/2011 by 242,000 to a total daily readership of 1,651,000 (ABC readership survey). With Its London centric circulation and audience it would seem that the London Evening Standard and Homes & Property itself is only set to benefit further.

Along with the Telegraph, the Financial Times has redesigned its property section. House & Home was launched in September 2006 with the aim of providing its wealthy global audience the opportunity to read about property, design and gardening at the weekend during their ‘downtime’. It is an internationally focussed and globally distributed supplement within the FT Weekend edition. The Financial Times’ total readership is approximately around the one million mark. 40.4% of the FT’s readership are aged between 25 and 44. Of its total readership 74.1% are male (NRS Jun10-Jun11).

The redesign has been spearheaded by House & Homes editor Jane Owen. The changes have been implemented to keep the product fresh and to reflect the editorial changes that are being implemented by Jane Owen.
The first issue of the redesigned House & Home was launched on September 17th and was for the first time 24 pages, including an 8-page interiors supplement.

The changes to House & Home are very positive in light of the state of world economies and property markets. It shows that the Financial Times has confidence in itself to attract the relevant advertising to fill its pages and that there is a sufficient property and interiors market globally to warrant such a redesign.