Regional news publishers have continued to see their online audiences grow, the latest ABC website figures show.
Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press and Newsquest are all up year-on-year across their digital networks for the number of average daily unique browsers.
Newsquest saw the biggest group-wide jump over the six months to the end of June, with a 24 per cent rise year-on-year to 1.575m daily uniques, 23 per cent up on the last half of 2015.
Johnston Press was up by 22 per cent year-on-year while Trinity Mirror, which boasted the biggest number of daily uniques at 2.471m, was up 19 per cent year-on-year.
The Local World Network, owned by Trinity Mirror, was up 13 per cent year-on-year to 1.393m daily uniques.
Newsquest chief Henry Faure Walker said: “We hear a lot of doom and gloom about the future of local news.
“But the truth is our journalists are engaging with local people and local communities in ever greater numbers, and there’s a phenomenal appetite for and engagement with the great local content they produce.”
He added: “At the same time we’re also seeing more and more local businesses advertising on our digital platforms because they want to work with trusted brands with relevant online audiences.
“Digital growth is a central plank of our strategy and I’m delighted at the progress we’re making but we’re not complacent and we are committed to continuing to innovate and develop our online offerings for both user and advertiser alike.”
While it faced the biggest decline in print over the same period, Johnston Press title the Wigan Evening Post recorded the biggest rise in the number of daily average unique browsers to its website wigantoday.net, which shares content with the Wigan Observer.
It was up by more than half (53 per cent) year-on-year to 26,69 daily uniques. The only website with a bigger rise was culture website wow247.co.uk, also owned by Johnston Press, with a year-on-year rise of 55 per cent.
Trinty Mirror-owned titles The Manchester Evening News, Huddersfield Examiner and Lincolnshire Echo were all up by 30 per cent or more year-on-year, as was the Newsquest-owned News Shopper website.
David Higgerson, digital publishing director for Trinity Mirror Regionals, said: “Audience growth has continued online and we are particularly pleased with the fact that the underlying engagement metrics we track show that readers are coming back more often and reading more content when they are with us.
“Local audience growth is out-stripping overall audience in all our regions, reflecting how our audience first strategy is succeeding in getting us closer to local readers online.
“Our brands have led the way within the regional press in adopting distributed platforms such as Facebook Instant Articles and Google AMP, ensuring we are finding people in the places where they want content.
“We have also introduced, and continue to roll-out, the Trinity Mirror content strategy which focuses on local audience growth as a priority at a number of former Local World newsrooms and are attracting users with a wider mix of locally-relevant content.”
Only the Scotsman, Derby Telegraph, Cambridge News and Scunthorpe Telegraph saw a drop in the number of daily uniques year-on-year, out of the 79 websites audited by ABC.
Number of daily average unique browsers for regional publications over the past six months (source: ABC):
|Title||Owner||Total||% change on last six months||% change year-on-year|
|Trinity Mirror Regional Network||Trinity Mirror plc||2,471,236||25.7||19.4|
|Newsquest Media Group||Newsquest Media Group||1,575,714||22.8||24.1|
|Local World Network (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||1,393,400||10.4||13.4|
|Johnston Network||Johnston Press plc||1,189,674||14.3||22.3|
|Manchester Evening News||Trinity Mirror plc||747,713||34||30.4|
|Liverpool Echo||Trinity Mirror plc||524,549||24.2||12.1|
|Wales Online||Trinity Mirror plc||392,220||51.5||50|
|Birmingham Mail||Trinity Mirror plc||239,863||21.9||12.7|
|Chronicle Live||Trinity Mirror plc||237,111||16.6||8.6|
|Midland News Association Network||The Midland News Association||203,153||19.5||23.5|
|Expressandstar.com||The Midland News Association||151,754||21.6||26.8|
|Kent Online (KM Group) network||Kent Messenger Ltd||132,744||13.8||25.6|
|Bristol Post (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||110,419||13.5||24.8|
|Teesside Evening Gazette||Trinity Mirror plc||106,074||4.7||12.7|
|Hull Daily Mail (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||104,167||13.3||21.5|
|Scotsman.com||Johnston Press plc||104,001||9.6||-2.4|
|heraldscotland.com||Newsquest Media Group||96,080||20.3||13.7|
|Nottingham Post (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||89,058||17||22.8|
|dailyecho.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||84,877||16.7||4|
|Stoke Sentinel||Trinity Mirror plc||83,520||13.4||19|
|Leicester Mercury (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||82,874||13.9||19.6|
|Daily Post (Wales)||Trinity Mirror plc||81,423||5.5||15.4|
|bournemouthecho.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||81,184|
|Plymouth Herald (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||80,777||23.4||5.9|
|thetelegraphandargus.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||76,166||9.9||23.7|
|Yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||74,166||-2.2||6.1|
|Thestar.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||73,248||6.8||17.5|
|eveningtimes.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||73,207||44.6||51.2|
|Derby Telegraph (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||71,585||0.2||-2.7|
|Huddersfield Daily Examiner||Trinity Mirror plc||66,281||25.6||38.4|
|Eastern Daily Press||Archant Ltd||65,478||6.8||23.2|
|thenorthernecho.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||65,188||11.1||2|
|Coventry Telegraph||Trinity Mirror plc||62,938||12.3||6.7|
|theboltonnews.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||62,214||21.4||23.8|
|edinburghnews.scotsman.com||Johnston Press plc||61,123||11.8||5.7|
|lancashiretelegraph.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||59,116||15.2||23.9|
|South Wales Evening Post (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||58,212||0.9||3.2|
|Shropshirestar.com||The Midland News Association||56,392||12.7||12.9|
|thepress.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||55,922||21||26.4|
|Sunderlandecho.com||Johnston Press plc||55,897||12.8||20.3|
|theargus.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||54,365||1.8||6.4|
|Portsmouth.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||50,081||15.9||11.5|
|newsshopper.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||47,008||27.4||33.4|
|Get Reading||Trinity Mirror plc||46,757|
|CN Media Network||CN Group||46,450|
|southwalesargus.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||46,095|
|Cambridge News (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||44,546||4.7||-6.3|
|Get Surrey||Trinity Mirror plc||43,717|
|Grimsby Telegraph (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||40,830||4.9||4.4|
|Oxfordmail.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||38,973||29||28.3|
|Gloucestershire Live||Trinity Mirror plc||38,116||14.5||10.1|
|Yorkshirepost.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||37,917||20.7||48|
|northamptonchronicle.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||36,116||14.7||16.5|
|Swindonadvertiser.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||34,463||11.5||10.6|
|LEP.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||34,021||-0.4||20|
|Blackpoolgazette.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||33,086||-4.5||8.3|
|Lincolnshire Echo (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||32,996||23.4||38.7|
|Peterboroughtoday.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||31,998||42.8||69.1|
|worcesternews.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||27,747|
|shieldsgazette.com||Johnston Press plc||27,064||9.2||18.7|
|wigantoday.net||Johnston Press plc||26,669||22.6||52.7|
|Scunthorpe Telegraph (Web)||Trinity Mirror plc||24,384||-14.6||-18.3|
|dorsetecho.co.uk||Newsquest Media Group||24,374|
|East Anglian Daily Times||Archant Ltd||23,264||8.1||10.6|
|Wow247||Johnston Press plc||23,078||-17||54.7|
|Ipswich Star||Archant Ltd||22,327||10.4||16.2|
|hartlepoolmail.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||21,288||2||13.2|
|newsletter.co.uk||Johnston Press plc||20,365||67.2||73.4|
|Norwich Evening News||Archant Ltd||16,344||5||9.9|
|Visiter.co.uk||Trinity Mirror plc||14,363||12.5||54.9|