Industry survey shows positive picture

More journalists are being employed in regional papers but fewer managers, according to a Newpaper Society survey.

The
survey revealed that the number of full-time editorial staff rose 10.3
per cent in 2004, bringing the total figure to 13,267. The number of
managerial posts dipped by 15.8 per cent to 577 as compared with 2003.

Overall, there are 55,000 working in the regional press – a 10 per cent increase on the previous year.

The
NS also reported a revenue rise of 7.7 per cent, making the regional
press a £4.3bn industry. Advertising and sponsorship accounted for 73.6
per cent of this figure, sales for 13.9 per cent and contract printing
for 3.7 per cent.

Overall profit is estimated to be £932m.

The number of magazines and “niche” publications spun-off from regional titles rose by 48.5 per cent.

The survey also showed that regional publishers invested over £350m in new printing presses and production technology.

NS
marketing director Robert Ray said: “The results clearly show the level
of investment from publishers in their product, staff and equipment.”

The
annual industry survey was launched last year and is based on the
results of a questionnaire completed by 75 per cent of regional
publishers.

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