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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%

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

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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. How bad do things have to become and how few copies of the Eastern Daily Press do they have to sell before the Archant board take action and either put this paper on line only or close it altogether?
    For the EDP to drop yet another 15% of its woeful sales to an all time low of just 26,700 copies out of a vast catchment area covering two/three sizeable counties is shocking and shows just how few people value the paper as a news medium.Take away the habitual buyer and commercial copies bought by businesses and an even worse picture emerges.
    The EADT in Suffolk is performing equally as bad losing thousands more readers every ABC audit ( 11% decrease you for 2018 so far) so even a merger of the two into one Eastern Counties Daily Press edition would be a better option than allowing both papers to collapse and close altogether.
    However,in reality and due to rising newsprint costs a digital edition is likely to be the only hope of keeping this title(s) alive, there’s certainly very little ad revenue to lose as the reps aren’t selling much and they should have more chance of doing so were it to go online only,particularly as there’s much crowing about the huge number of online site visitors, either way inaction is no longer an option, changes need to be made and action needs to be taken pdq before more damage is done and further damaging losses are accrued.

  2. This has been pointed out several times, but has not been rectified: the listing for “The Post” is out of date in both its version of the title and publication frequency. “The Post” is the short-lived former name of the Bristol Post (originally the Evening Post/Bristol Evening Post), which since May 2012 has only appeared Monday-Friday and thus is not ‘daily’ even by the conventional newspaper definition of ‘six days a week’.

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