Hot Topic - Newspaper circulation
There probably is no more competitive newspaper market than the UK that has 11 national newspapers competing for daily eyeballs and another 11 on Sunday, plus all the metropolitans (regionals) – big and small – across the nation. In these days of economic crisis some publishers have tried raising newsstand prices but the readership has sent a strong message – do so at your own peril!
European circulation of free newspapers turned a milestone in September – it actually went down, not surprising, perhaps, since 23 free newspapers stopped publishing last year and 12 more have stopped this year, according to Dr. Piet Bakker, an expert on free newspapers.
ftm has kept a close watch over the past two years as the Manchester, UK Evening News, The UK’s largest regional (metropolitan) newspaper, adopted a bold approach to stem drastically falling circulation by giving away 50,000 issues downtown while maintaining sales in the suburbs. It has certainly added to total circulation but management has yet to give the financial bottom line.
Two industries really in the dumps these days are airlines and newspapers – both hurting for different reasons but hurting all the same. One way the airlines have figured out to stop losing money is to provide less services (no pillows, blankets, food; newspapers are doing similar by downsizing the editorial hole) and airlines also charge for what once was free (baggage). And on that there is now some newspaper take-up, too.
Over the past couple of years ftm has kept a close watch on two regional UK newspapers that took different approaches to stem drastically falling circulation – the Manchester Evening News that embarked on new marketing ground by giving away 50,000 issues downtown while maintaining sales in the suburbs, and the Birmingham Mail that went through a complete relaunch concentrating on local news, and enough time has now passed to see what worked and what didn’t.
The State of the Print Media in the World
ftm reports on the World Association of Newspapers Congresses - 2005-2008. Includes WAN readership studies, WEF press freedom studies, newspapers and new media, African media and journalism, Russian media and Russian politics, press freedom. 118 pages. PDF file (June 2008)
Free Newspapers - They are everywhere...
The free newspaper phenomenon is rocking media landscapes across the world. This ftm Knowledge file looks at publishers and their battles in the UK, Europe and the US. Includes data on the successes and weaknesses. 81 pages PDF (October 2008)
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Public broadcasters have - mostly - thrown off the musty stain of State broadcasting. And audiences for public channels are growing. But arguments and battles with politicians, publishers and commercial broadcasters threatens more changes. The ftm Knowledge file examines all sides. 168 pages PDF (March 2014)
Media in Romania and Moldova
The profile of Romania's media scene is complicated. Changes take place often as multi-national media houses exit and "colorful" local owners take over. Neighboring Moldova faces its own set of challenges. This ftm Knowledge file details the rough road to sustainable media. Includes updated Resources. 60 pages PDF (February 2014)
Media in Bulgaria
Media in Bulgaria faces many challenges. After big media houses rushed in with EU accession recession, corruption and confusion have taken a toll. Yet the Bulgarian media landscape is unique and interesting. This ftm Knowledge file highlights this difficulties and opportunities. Includes updated Resources. 46 pages PDF (December 2013)
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