Skip to comments.Bloodbath ...... For Newspaper Circulation
Posted on 11/07/2005 8:05:57 AM PST by blogblogginaway
NEW YORK The March FAS-FAX set off landmines with reports of steep declines at many papers, most prominently some top Tribune Co. properties. The September numbers are not much more encouraging.
The Newspaper Association of America said on Monday that overall daily circulation for the six-month period ending September 2005 for 789 newspapers fell 2.6% to 45,153,192 copies. For the 627 papers analyzed, Sunday dropped 3.1% to 49,394,406.
Here are some specifics from the new FAS-FAX report -- released at 8 a.m. Monday -- compared to September 2004:
The San Francisco Chronicle's daily circ is down 16.5% to 400,906 copies, a huge drop. Sunday circulation fell 13.5% to 467,216. The Los Angeles Times is down about 3.7% Monday through Friday to 843,432 copies. On Sunday the paper reported a decrease of roughly 3.4% to 1,247,588 copies.
The Orlando Sentinel took a huge hit, with daily circulation down around 11% to 219,838. The Chicago Tribune's daily circ fell around 2.7% to 586,122 daily copies. Sunday fell 1.3% to 950,582. Circulation at The Sun in Baltimore also decreased. Daily circ is down 8.5% to 247,193 and Sunday is down 7.7% to 418,670.
The Tribune Co. expects an overall decline of 4% for daily and Sunday copies -- excluding Newsday. According to the report, Newsday numbers are "withheld pending completion of six-month audit."
At the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, daily circ is down 3.9% to 249,090. Sunday circ fell 5.2% to 278,420. The Miami Herald is down 4.3% daily, and 3.6% on Sunday. The Philadelphia Inquirer is down about 3% with daily circ at 357,679. Sunday circ is down roughly 4.5% to 714,609. The Daily News in Philadelphia dropped almost 11% to 121,093 daily copies.
Knight Ridder said overall circulation for the company decreased about 2% for daily copies and about 3.5% for Sunday copies.
The Washington Post reported a drop in daily circulation, down 4% to 678,779. Sunday decreased roughly 4% to 965,919.
USA Today's daily circ slipped a bit, by 0.5% to 2,296,335.
The Arizona Republic in Phoenix is down slightly, 0.5% to 411,043 daily copies. Sunday circ showed declines of 2.4% to 517,699.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dropped 8.7% to 362,436 daily copies. Sunday was down almost 5% to 570,126.
McClatchy breaks its 20-year winning streak this period. Daily circulation, it said, dropped around 1% while there was a "steeper decline" on Sunday.
The Star Tribune in Minneapolis lost a bit in daily, down 0.2% to 374,528. Sunday the paper took a hit, down 6% to 636,977.
The Boston Globe said its circulation plummeted this period. Daily circ dropped 7.7% and Sunday circ is down 7%. Executives said the Globe is managing down its "other-paid" circulation.
The New York Times reported tiny gains with daily up 0.4% and Sunday up 0.1%. The increases came mostly from the paper's national effort. Circulation for the New York City area declined.
The Wall Street Journal said in a conference call that it reported slight gains in online subscriptions. Overall circ for the paper dipped about 1% to 2,083,660.
The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. gained 50 daily copies, up 0.01% to 400,092.
Daily circ at the Daily News in New York dropped 3.7% to 688,584. Sunday fell slighly, 0.7% to 781,375. Meanwhile the New York Post lost daily circ, down 1.7% to 662,681. Sunday dropped 6.3% to 425,279.
The Liberals are slowly losing their monopoly...
Gee, does this mean when we graduate kids from high school that cannot read, that newspapers will lose sales? If so, watch out MSM, because the big hurt is still to come. I'm happy to see them lose their influence, and their ciculation. Less money=fewer liberal "journalists", which is good for all of us.
Slowly? Seems like "light speed" to me.
It will be a great day when the US Military has all the weapons and ammo it needs, and the NYT has to hold a bake sale in order to give Maureen Dowd her drinking money.
I find this somehow questionable!
How about the NY Post? It seems the Post and the WSJ (both of which have a conservative slant) are the only newspapers gaining readers...
They'd need a mortgage to pay for that.
IMHO the newspapers are paying the price for printing drivel. Pick up a newspaper, read a news article, then write down the facts that you learned. I think that you won't have many to list.
Another point is that their obvious bias is loosing readership.
The last time I picked up a Providence Journal, the entire front page was nothing but distortions, propaganda and outright lies.
Why pay for that when its everywhere in the lamestream for free.
"The Star Tribune in Minneapolis lost a bit in daily, down 0.2% to 374,528. Sunday the paper took a hit, down 6% to 636,977."
Ahhhh! Sweets to the sweet!
Gee, too bad they insulted 50% of their readers and they went elsewhere.
Haven't bought a Sunday paper in over a year.
Liberals should love it, look at all the trees being saved.
Excellent! That's the best post I've read in weeks.
When ever I stay at a motel or hotel, I ask that I not be billed for a USA Today. You might assume this rag is free but its not.
glad you enjoyed it!