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Regional daily ABCs: Ipswich Star circulation drops after free edition replaced with new standalone title

Print circulations fell across the board year-on-year for the UK and Ireland’s regional daily newspapers, according to new ABC figures.

Archant’s Ipswich Star fell hardest, with circulation down 37 per cent year-on-year to 5,423 over the six months from July to December last year.

This follows its decision to scrap a free Thursday edition of the paper, previously included in ABC figures, and launch new standalone title the Ipswich Extra in February 2018.

Ispwich Extra has a circulation of 14,140 for the period, according to ABC.

Brad Jones, editor of the Ipswich Star, said: “The -37 per cent year-on-year decline is not an accurate representation of Ipswich Star sales.

“Actively purchased copy sales of the Star are actually down -9.4 per cent, which is one of the smallest declines of the 50 titles reporting.”

Reach-owned daily the Cambridge News was down 34 per cent to 7,124.

The Irish News recorded the smallest circulation decline over the six-month period, down five per cent to 32,315.

Both the Yorkshire Post, owned by JPI Media, and the Manchester Evening News, owned by Reach, saw double-digit circulation decline.

Regional daily newspaper circulation July-December 2018 (ABC):

Publication Owner Total circ. Jul-Dec 2018 Year-on-year % change Bulks Free
Aberdeen – Press & Journal D C Thomson & Co Ltd 43,746 -9% 355
Express & Star (West Midlands) The Midland News Association 38,690 -19% 6,535
Manchester Evening News Reach plc 35,417 -10% 7 16,347
Belfast Telegraph Independent News & Media (NI) 33,951 -7% 2,009 7,008
Dundee – The Courier D C Thomson & Co Ltd 33,144 -8% 255
Irish News – Morning Irish News Co 32,315 -5% 178
Liverpool Echo Reach plc 32,257 -16% 64
Norwich – Eastern Daily Press Archant Ltd 25,631 -12%
The Herald Newsquest Media Group 22,901 -12%
The Sentinel Reach plc 20,682 -11%
Hull Daily Mail Reach plc 20,212 -14% 42
Shropshire Star The Midland News Association 20,137 -13% 846
Aberdeen – Evening Express D C Thomson & Co Ltd 19,732 -13% 47
Leeds – Yorkshire Post JPIMedia Limited 19,434 -11% 1,255
Newcastle Chronicle Reach plc 19,259 -14%
Darlington – The Northern Echo Newsquest Media Group 19,142 -11%
Glasgow – Evening Times Newsquest Media Group 18,204 -13%
Daily Post (Wales) Reach plc 18,007 -9%
Leicester Mercury Reach plc 17,015 -25% 322
The Scotsman JPIMedia Limited 16,349 -17% 3,116
South Wales Evening Post Reach plc 15,748 -13% 125
Southend – Basildon – Canvey – Echo Newsquest Media Group 15,299 -10% 86
Plymouth – Western Morning News Reach plc 15,295 -13%
Teesside Gazette Reach plc 15,067 -14%
Derby Telegraph Reach plc 15,029 -17% 694 18
Birmingham Mail Reach plc 14,458 -13%
Edinburgh – Evening News JPIMedia Limited 14,195 -15% 174
Portsmouth – News & Sports Mail JPIMedia Limited 13,902 -15% 34
Bristol – Western Daily Press Reach plc 13,425 -7% 3
Southampton – Southern Daily Echo Newsquest Media Group 12,954 -11% 23
Plymouth – The Herald Reach plc 12,795 -13% 77
Sheffield Star JPIMedia Limited 12,609 -14%
Ipswich – East Anglian Daily Times Archant Ltd 12,589 -11%
Grimsby Telegraph Reach plc 12,578 -12% 42 10
News Letter JPIMedia Limited 12,499 -9% 123
The Post Reach plc 11,925 -22% 164
Nottingham Post Reach plc 11,777 -28% 37
Dundee Evening & Weekend Telegraph D C Thomson & Co Ltd 11,742 -12% 43
Wales – The Western Mail Reach plc 11,719 -13%
York – The Press Newsquest Media Group 11,705 -11% 616
Cardiff – South Wales Echo Reach plc 11,659 -13%
Bournemouth – The Daily Echo Newsquest Media Group 11,293 -8%
Bradford – Telegraph & Argus Newsquest Media Group 10,671 -14% 462
Coventry Telegraph Reach plc 10,606 -14%
The Argus Brighton Newsquest Media Group 10,003 -6% 93 1,239
Leeds – Yorkshire Evening Post JPIMedia Limited 9,734 -15%
Sunderland Echo JPIMedia Limited 9,374 -15%
The National Newsquest Media Group 9,101 -7%
Newcastle Journal Reach plc 9,083 -16%
Huddersfield Daily Examiner Reach plc 9,019 -13%
Oxford Mail Newsquest Media Group 8,599 -9% 7
South Wales Argus Newsquest Media Group 8,563 -13% 56 339
Dorset Echo Newsquest Media Group 8,352 -11% 3
Swindon Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 8,191 -7% 38 320
Greenock Telegraph Newsquest Media Group 8,116 -9%
Colchester – Daily Gazette Newsquest Media Group 7,943 -10% 36
Lancashire Post JPIMedia Limited 7,916 -13%
The Bolton News Newsquest Media Group 7,873 -10%
Cambridge News Reach plc 7,124 -34% 81
Lancashire Telegraph – Blackburn Newsquest Media Group 7,023 -27%
The Gazette – Blackpool JPIMedia Limited 7,010 -14%
Norwich – Evening News Archant Ltd 6,351 -15%
The Leader Newsquest Media Group 6,271
Worcester News Newsquest Media Group 5,925 -10%
Burton Mail Reach plc 5,872 -20% 62 340
Ipswich Star Archant Ltd 5,423 -37%
The Mail Newsquest Media Group 5,151 -15% 291
Carlisle – News and Star East Newsquest Media Group 4,746 -12% 408
Paisley Daily Express Reach plc 4,262 -6%
South Shields – Shields Gazette JPIMedia Limited 3,727 -19%
Hartlepool Mail JPIMedia Limited 3,234 -23%
Wigan Post JPIMedia Limited 2,937 -13% 1,223
Carlisle – News and Star West Newsquest Media Group 1,865 -8% 194

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7 thoughts on “Regional daily ABCs: Ipswich Star circulation drops after free edition replaced with new standalone title”

  1. Looking at how far some of these once proud and essential titles have fallen in a few short years,reduced to selling a mere handful of copies, I really think many will soon crase to exist in newspaper form much sooner rather than later.
    With copy sales in free fall and losing more readers by the week and with hardly any advertising carried,some must be under imminent threat of closure to limit any more damage and losses being accrued.

    Doing nothing and carrying on regardless is no longer an option for boards who’ve sat back and allowed papers to wither away while putting all their hopes on riches from digital which so far has spectacularly failed to be achieved.
    The future of regional community news is definitely on line but how the big groups monetise that sufficiently enough to justify their top heavy operations remains to be seen.

  2. There may have been just a hint of irony here – it’s obvious that if senior management gave the same attention and resources to other titles as they do TNE then Archant wouldn’t be quite as far over the cliff edge as it currently is.

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