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Bloodbath ...... For Newspaper Circulation
Editor & Publisher via Drudge ^ | nov. 7, 2005 | Editor&Publisher

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: liberalmedia; mediabias; newspapers; newspspaper; schadenfreude
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To: blogblogginaway
It matters not, their influence is massive, all broadcast and radio "news" uses the NYT.

Circulation makes no difference.

They run this country, our politicians and our culture.

They re-write our history, set the tone, they are political operatives who run a constant campaign, they cannot be beat.

Unless a campaign is run against them, each news corp and each reporter.
51 posted on 11/07/2005 9:31:10 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: blogblogginaway

I rarely see anyone under 30 with a newspaper in their hand. It's mostly just the gray-hairs.


52 posted on 11/07/2005 9:44:36 AM PST by NewMediaFan (Fake but accurate)
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To: dighton; blogblogginaway; Coop; All

Tree-huggers are strangely silent about this wonderful development.


53 posted on 11/07/2005 9:46:16 AM PST by aculeus
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To: blogblogginaway

The drop numbers probably aren't accurate. Circulation hasn't really dropped that quickly. It's just that a few papers got caught inflating the numbers, so most of the papers are taking out some of the padding before the advertisers catch on.


54 posted on 11/07/2005 9:47:31 AM PST by PAR35
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To: blogblogginaway

Newspapers are in the business of selling advertizing; not the reporting of news. Newspapers have been mailing advertizing for years to reach those who do not take a newspaper. these ads are usually 'wrapped' in a special section called "Food Day" or something similar.

Discount grocers like WinCo don't do any advertizing, yet do much more business because their prices are significantly lower overall than the big advertizers.


55 posted on 11/07/2005 10:09:58 AM PST by connectthedots
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To: NewMediaFan
It's mostly just the gray-hairs.

Good point...the MSM will continue to fade away as these people 'move on'. Unfortunately; many young people consider the 'Daily Show' as a credible source for news.

56 posted on 11/07/2005 10:15:00 AM PST by who knows what evil? (New England...the Sodom and Gomorrah of the 21st Century, and they're proud of it!)
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To: cibco

What a liberal rag that SF comical is..Race, race, race, diversity, gay this, gay that, everywhere on every cover. Gave it up 5 years agao. Why doesnt the Orange County Register take on all the liberal newspapers in the West? Kinda like conservative talk radio did. They could capture 50% of the mkt overnight.


57 posted on 11/07/2005 1:25:31 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: blogblogginaway

So... hwree's that Simpsons bully (Francis) going, "haha" and pointing. I think that pic fits here perfectly.


58 posted on 11/07/2005 1:28:46 PM PST by groovejedi
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To: Dane

I go to the local recycling bin and pick up a few discarded newspapers to use for my bird cages. I get lots of glee seeing bird plop on liberal trash.


59 posted on 11/07/2005 1:44:51 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Raycpa

So has the Phila Inquirer.


60 posted on 11/07/2005 1:45:54 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: blogblogginaway
Bloodbath ...... For Newspaper Circulation

What is this "newspaper" thing that you are referring to? Did people get news printed on a sheet of paper in the past? How quaint...

61 posted on 11/07/2005 1:47:46 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: blogblogginaway
The Boston Globe said its circulation plummeted this period. Daily circ dropped 7.7% and Sunday circ is down 7%.

Worst after the S.F. Chronicle? And deservedly so.

62 posted on 11/07/2005 1:55:12 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NY Times headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS, Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: NewMediaFan
I rarely see anyone under 30 with a newspaper in their hand. It's mostly just the gray-hairs.

And most of those folks were misled by Cronkite and Rather, and their pride prevents them from admitting so.

63 posted on 11/07/2005 2:23:08 PM PST by polymuser (")
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To: dighton

The media - the only business that regularly tells its customers how stupid they are.


64 posted on 11/07/2005 2:24:21 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: blogblogginaway
We take the SF Chronicle for the sports, crosswords etc. I am glad its circulation was down 16%. It is a truly an awful paper. I can tell they are in trouble because they have just a few pages of classified ads in every day. In fact I read some place that they are losing one million dollars a week. It is owned by the Hearst corporation so I guess they can afford it.
65 posted on 11/07/2005 2:25:51 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: blogblogginaway
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.

They have 50% more Sunday subscribers ($1/week) because they advertise the coupons as giving hundreds of dollars of savings each week. While that is sort of inflated, people easily save more than $1 by finding coupons for the things they would buy anyway.

I'm sure a significant number of people get the Sunday paper just for the coupons and don't read the paper at all. If the same advertisements and coupon inserts were available for cheaper weekly delivery without the newspaper (or with foreign newspaper or blank paper), I'm sure many of those Sunday-only people would jump.

66 posted on 11/07/2005 2:29:48 PM PST by heleny (Yes on CA Propositions 73, 74, 75)
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To: Uncle Hal

Its obvious its a not for profit publication. Orse the Race this, race that, gay this , gay that stuff wouldnt be on the front page..EVERYDAY!!!!


67 posted on 11/07/2005 2:30:28 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Raycpa

"USA Today is far-right compared to our Hartford Courant" Ain't it the truth? Pravda was far-right compared to that miserable rag. Come to think of it, the only paper in Conn. with an editorial page sane, reasonably intelligent people can read without simultaneously vomiting and losing control of their bowels is the Waterbury Republican. I am hard pressed to think of another Conn. newspaper that shouldn't have a hammer and sickle on its front page.


68 posted on 11/07/2005 3:08:29 PM PST by infidel dog (nearer my God to thee....)
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To: VRWCTexan
Well, yes and no. Here's why: Hotel chains spend millions of dollars a year on newspapers. They would not spend that amount of money if their guests did not want the newspapers.

There is no doubt that some newspapers are stepped over as the hotel guests leave their room. On the other hand, the number one complaint that hotels receive is when the papers are late.

69 posted on 11/07/2005 3:12:40 PM PST by Dave W
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To: goodnesswins
The school or a sponsor has to pay for them for these papers to count as paid. They also have to be used in the classroom to count as paid. If they are not used in the classroom then papers cannot count as paid even if the paper has received payment.

School sales are a very small percent of total sales and school sales are listed on a separate line so advertisers can use that information to evaluate the sales at that particular paper.

70 posted on 11/07/2005 3:25:45 PM PST by Dave W
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To: Dave W

Thanks for explaining.


71 posted on 11/07/2005 3:33:06 PM PST by goodnesswins (DEMS....40 yrs and $$$dollars for the War on Poverty, but NOT a $$ or minute for the WAR on Terror!)
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To: kristinn
The Washington Post reported a drop in daily circulation, down 4% to 678,779. Sunday decreased roughly 4% to 965,919.

FYI, new report.

72 posted on 11/07/2005 3:37:01 PM PST by TaxRelief ("Conservatives are cracking down!" -- Rush Limbaugh, October 13, 2005)
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To: Spruce

That was a false charge. Never proven, but apparently not forgotten. The charge was a disgruntled person...can't remember if it was a former distributor or employee.


73 posted on 11/07/2005 3:52:30 PM PST by Dave W
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To: RobFromGa

Well said!


74 posted on 11/07/2005 4:32:15 PM PST by GBA
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To: RobFromGa

LOL!


75 posted on 11/07/2005 5:16:03 PM PST by GVnana
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Willie Green; Mo1; ..
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.

Ho ho ho. Ha ha ha. Hee hee hee.

76 posted on 11/07/2005 6:23:35 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: RobFromGa
I wish someone (like the Washington Times) would publish a fair and balanced national edition to compete with USA Today and give us business travellers a choice.

How about the Wall Street Journal?

77 posted on 11/07/2005 6:47:44 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: 2banana
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 aren't, although they aren't losing at the rate the libs are. (And the WSJ may be losing circ. to its own online edition which is gaining circ.)

78 posted on 11/07/2005 6:48:54 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7

Thanks for the ping.


79 posted on 11/07/2005 8:35:20 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: Dave W
On the other hand, the number one complaint that hotels receive is when the papers are late.

Cite? I thought the #1 complaint received by hotels was poor-quality toilet paper.

(Maybe guests are looking for a substitute?)

80 posted on 11/07/2005 8:57:08 PM PST by willieroe
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To: willieroe
Because I work at a newspaper and have for years and I am knowledgeable of such things. Technically, I know that complaint is not #1 since the papers are there practically every morning. The example does not happen often, but sometimes presses break down and there is no paper and the hotels hear about it loudly and clearly from their guests, thus the #1 complaint.

As stated, hotels spend millions of dollars a year on newspapers and they would not do so unless their guests wanted it.

81 posted on 11/07/2005 9:44:34 PM PST by Dave W
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To: Dane
It's been a couple of years since I have dropped a couple of quarters in a newspaper box.

My wife pisses me off every Sunday, She goes to the gas station and buys the Sunday Sacramento Bee just for the advertisements! That's as bad as paying for Playboy for the articles!(She says she steals them from the paper machine.)AAARRRGGGGGHHHH!

82 posted on 11/07/2005 9:54:56 PM PST by Randy Larsen (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!!!)
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To: Youngman442002

The key word I read in your comment is "slowly." In addition to the MSM they also completely control K-12 and university education systems, unions, professional orgs...etc. Long road ahead!


83 posted on 11/07/2005 10:49:20 PM PST by right-wingin_It
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To: RobFromGa

LOL!!


84 posted on 11/08/2005 4:09:02 AM PST by PatriotGirl827 (There are no short cuts to any place worth going.)
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To: Dave W

Do you have any idea how the Palm Beach Post is doing? My local liberal paper.


85 posted on 11/08/2005 4:17:46 AM PST by PatriotGirl827 (There are no short cuts to any place worth going.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Can't wait to see these headlines in the papers.


86 posted on 11/08/2005 6:24:00 AM PST by 1Old Pro (Confirm Alito before year end!)
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To: PatriotGirl827
The Palm Beach Post checked in with 154,800 copies sold a day (Mon-Fri) compared with 153,819 copies sold for the same 6 months one year ago (six months ending Sept 2005 compared to six months ending Sept 2004).

For Sunday, the sales were 190,931 compared to 190,219 one year ago.

87 posted on 11/08/2005 11:36:20 AM PST by Dave W
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To: Dave W

So circulation for that rag is up? I can only attribute it to our rapid population growth. Sigh.

Thanks for the numbers Dave!


88 posted on 11/08/2005 3:25:22 PM PST by PatriotGirl827 (There are no short cuts to any place worth going.)
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89 posted on 12/01/2007 4:22:26 PM PST by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: RobFromGa

LOL!!! I love the way you twisted their words back on them. Especially the part about MoDo.


90 posted on 12/01/2007 4:30:55 PM PST by Hardastarboard (DemocraticUnderground.com is an internet hate site.)
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To: blogblogginaway

It seems to me that this is a natural consequence of a country filled with people who are not only not taught to read and comprehend, but who don’t read the national language. (as well as newspapers being steadily replaced by “alternative” media, of course!) It sure couldn’t happen to a bunch of more deserving entities.


91 posted on 12/01/2007 4:40:59 PM PST by redhead (VICTORY FIRST, THEN PEACE)
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To: RobFromGa
"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."

Thank you, sir! Laughed right out loud, I did!

92 posted on 12/01/2007 4:43:43 PM PST by redhead (VICTORY FIRST, THEN PEACE)
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To: blogblogginaway
Environmentalists should be thrilled. Few trees cut down and less paper filling landfills.
93 posted on 12/01/2007 6:00:53 PM PST by Barnacle (Hunter 2008)
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To: geezerwheezer
Dear Mr. Wheezer.

I love your home page. It’s classic.

Best FReegards,
Barnacle

94 posted on 12/01/2007 6:06:13 PM PST by Barnacle (Hunter 2008)
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To: Barnacle

Glad you like my homepage. I am a classy sort of fellow even though my wife says I’m not! :0 )


95 posted on 12/02/2007 8:11:28 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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