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Regional daily ABCs: Brighton Argus sees smallest print circulation drop as Ipswich Star and Cambridge News biggest fallers

The Brighton Argus recorded the lowest circulation decline among regional daily newspapers over the first six months of 2018, new ABC figures show.

The Newsquest-owned title had a circulation of 10,212 at the end of June, down 2 per cent year-on-year.

The Ipswich Star, owned by Archant, saw the biggest decline during the period, falling 37 per cent year-on-year to 6,001.

Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones said: “The 37 per cent decrease year-on-year is due to us uncoupling the Ipswich Star and free Ipswich Advertiser into two products that serve the needs of our readers and advertisers in a much better way.

“The actively purchased Ipswich Star copy sales are actually down 10 per cent year on year.”

Other big drops were recorded at Reach’s Cambridge News, down 33 per cent to 8,005, and Johnston Press’ Yorkshire Evening Post, down 32 per cent to 10,332.

DC Thomson’s Aberdeen Press and Journal remains the top-selling regional daily, with a circulation of 45,935, down 7 per cent year-on-year.

Regional daily newspaper ABC figures Jan-June 2018 (print and digital edition combined):

Publication ABC Total Year-on-year % change Paid Multiple Copies Free copies
Aberdeen – Press & Journal 45,935 -7% 385
Express & Star (West Midlands) 42,208 -18% 6,783
Manchester Evening News 36,715 -13% 15,983
Belfast Telegraph 35,931 -9% 2,038 7,059
Liverpool Echo 35,038 -16% 10 334
Dundee – The Courier 34,260 -8% 200
Irish News – Morning 33,647 -7% 184
Norwich – Eastern Daily Press 26,788 -15%
The Herald 24,265 -12%
The Sentinel 22,047 -12% 197
Hull Daily Mail 21,813 -14% 41
Shropshire Star 21,736 -13% 862
Leicester Mercury 21,130 -17% 428 1,943
Aberdeen – Evening Express 21,003 -12% 46
Leeds – Yorkshire Post 20,820 -10% 1,294
Newcastle Chronicle 20,756 -17%
Darlington – The Northern Echo 20,323 -10%
Glasgow – Evening Times 19,130 -15%
The Scotsman 17,013 -20% 3,274
Derby Telegraph 16,785 -11% 456 1,547
South Wales Evening Post 16,590 -16% 32
Teesside Gazette 16,204 -18%
Southend – Basildon – Canvey – Echo 15,978 -11% 3
Birmingham Mail 15,367 -15%
Nottingham Post 14,814 -14% 34 2,400
Portsmouth – News & Sports Mail 14,767 -18%
Plymouth – The Herald 13,833 -12% 60
Southampton – Southern Daily Echo 13,665 -13%
Sheffield Star 13,658 -14%
News Letter 13,374 -10% 125
Ipswich – East Anglian Daily Times 13,263 -11%
The Post 13,102 -24% 85
Cardiff – South Wales Echo 12,649 -12%
Dundee Evening & Weekend Telegraph 12,368 -12% 17
York – The Press 11,922 -15% 151
Bournemouth – The Daily Echo 11,521 -10%
Coventry Telegraph 11,438 -19%
Bradford – Telegraph & Argus 11,204 -16% 168
Leeds – Yorkshire Evening Post 10,322 -32%
The Argus Brighton 10,212 -2% 61 1,137
South Wales Argus 9,362 -12% 138 379
Oxford Mail 9,038 -9% 1
Dorset Echo 8,700 -14%
Swindon Advertiser 8,481 -7% 37 320
Lancashire Post 8,394 -15%
Colchester – Daily Gazette 8,232 -14% 2
The Bolton News 8,166 -12%
Lancashire Telegraph – Blackburn 8,149 -23% 466
Cambridge News 8,005 -33% 339
Norwich – Evening News 6,765 -17%
Ipswich Star 6,001 -37% 351
Worcester News 5,995 -13%
The Mail 5,287 -25%
Carlisle – News and Star East 4,723 -23%
Paisley Daily Express 4,378 -7%
Carlisle – News and Star West 1,753 -22%

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6 thoughts on “Regional daily ABCs: Brighton Argus sees smallest print circulation drop as Ipswich Star and Cambridge News biggest fallers”

  1. The only thing which is keeping all four Archant titles alive now is the company-owned printing press, frankly. Even then, the cost of the 40-odd mile-journey down the A140 to Ipswich should now be enough to finish off the Star, as well as the Essex edition of the Anglian. All of this is down to the total mismanagement from senior personnel over the past five years, but do any of their heads fall? No, it’s the likes of photographers and subs instead. Is it any wonder that where I live a free, six-times-a-year magazine has more than twice the reach of the Norwich Evening News. I know that if I wanted to take a small advert I’d rather be going there than an operation where a much-respected local government reporter has to write stories such as “Greggs in Norwich is set to shut, but new one will open barely 50 metres away”. Utter drivel, but I notice that Messrs Kelly and Anglesey never tweet about this – though they do continue to promote the floundering New European. When that goes they’ve had it.

  2. It really is shocking to see the virtual collapse of Archants four daily titles in the east with the EDP selling a pitiful 26,700 copies in a catchment area approaching a million people. As for the Ipswich titles and the Norwich morning news, they must surely be hugely at risk of closure, they’ve lost their readers and carry so little advertising there’s almost nothing to lose by doing so and with substantial cost savings to be made ,I can’t see any other viable option left open to the board other than going online as free reader editions only.
    The board must also accept responsibility for sanctioning the promotions of easy to manage staff into senior positions,both editorially and commercially, just to save a few pounds,a policy which has resulted in costly losses further down the line with weak and irrelevant content, free-falling ad revenues and the dreadful figures ABC figures it’s hard to see where these troubled titles will go next.

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