i editor says rising newsprint costs and competition from likes of Facebook behind 10p price hike

The i newspaper is to put up its cover price to 60p next week as its editor blamed the rising cost of importing newsprint and the loss of advertising revenue to the likes of Facebook for the 10p hike.

In a column editor Oliver Duff said the higher newsstand price would come into effect from Monday, 4 September, but subscription rates would be frozen at 31p a copy for the next four months.

He said of the price hike: “This is mainly because of rising bills for the raw materials we use, as well as the growing costs of undertaking quality journalism in a difficult environment…

According to Duff the price of newsprint went up by 6 per cent in January with some “steeper climbs” on its components, such as recycled fibre, because of competition from other markets.

He added: “Much British newsprint is sourced from Scandinavia or north America, the pound’s weakening against the dollar and euro has had an impact.”

Duff said paid-for journalism in the UK is facing “an unprecedented challenge from the avalanche of free, and often not very good, articles online”.

“The types of journalism that hold the powerful to account and shine a spotlight on society are of little interest to many digital media, especially platforms like Facebook which gobble advertising revenue without any regard for the social contract that once existed between reader and publisher.”

He said the increase in cover price would allow Johnston Press to “cover the rising costs of making i, safeguard against fluctuations in the advertising market… and invest again in the paper”.

Duff also confirmed the i newspaper is set to launch a new Saturday newspaper, priced at 80p, that will offer “a substantially stronger package” for the weekend but with no supplements.

The i’s price mid-week price rise will mean it will be 10p more expensive than the UK’s best-selling newspaper, The Sun, 5p more expensive than the Daily Mail, but 10p cheaper than the Daily Mirror.

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2 thoughts on “i editor says rising newsprint costs and competition from likes of Facebook behind 10p price hike”

  1. This is ludicrous! People buy the i as a digestable, cheap alternative to the other nationals – mainly during a commute.

    To now become MORE expensive than their rivals and then also blame Facebook proves JP are absolutely clueless.

    I don’t see Asda putting up prices because Lidl arrives in town.

    AND if JP are so anti-Facebook, they should make a stand and stop using it to hawk their dreadful local content created in their under funded regional titles.

  2. Johnson Press has an appalling record in managing print: it’s treatment and respect for proper journalism is shabby, the only person coming out of this intact (with no credit but salary and bonus secured) is yet again the chief exec – conveniently hiding behind the editor on this occasion.

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