Magazine ABCs: circulations soar in news and current affairs

Dominic Ponsford
 
The
UK’s main news and current affairs magazines have all put on sales in
the six months to June – a period which has included a general
election, royal wedding and the aftermath of the Asia tsunami.
 
Private
Eye continues to quietly prove that it is words on the page and stories
that sell. It may have the production values of a particularly basic
school newspaper but its blend of humour, satire and investigative
journalism continues to sell shed-loads of copies with circulation
growing 1.9 per cent up to 209,981.
 
The
continuing publicity over the extra marital “summer of love” in The
Spectator officesevidently hasn’t harmed its sales which have risen
to an all-time high in the right-wing political mag’s 178-year history
to 67,120. The success of the play based on Johnson, Liddle and
Fortier’s sexual exploits – Who’s the Daddy – suggests that the mag is
guaranteed plenty more free publicity for some months to
come.  
 
 
 
News and current affairs magazines ranked by circulation (average net sales, percentage year-on-year increase)
 
Private Eye: 209,981 – up 1.90%
 
The Economist – United Kingdom Edition: 155,371 – up 5.40%
 
Time Magazine – British Isles: 139,105 – down 2.60%
 
The Week: 105,996 – up 14.30%
 
Spectator: 67,120 – up 5.40%
 
The Oldie: 26,151 – up 0.60%
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