Media News and Media Moves – September 16th 2019
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Can’t even give them away
All UK national newspapers saw their print circulation fall in August, according to the latest figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. While it has long been known that print was in decline, free titles such as the Evening Standard, Metro and City AM, had been holding relatively firm. But this August saw a 4% year-on-year decline for the Metro, 9% for City AM and 5% for the Evening Standard. That’s compared to a 0% change for the Metro and a 1% increase for the Evening Standard in August last year.
Top of the league
Once again, the Guardian came top of the paid-for titles, with just a 5% circulation decline in August. The Sun remains the best-selling national newspaper with an average monthly circulation of 1.3 million – despite a 12% fall.
Separately, the Mirror has climbed to second place in the list of most read news brands across print and online, according to recent Pamco figures. The Daily Mail has dropped from the top of the UK list, but Mail Online’s global traffic increased year-on-year in August thanks to growth in the US. In the UK, the average time spent on Mail Online per month was a staggering 62.3 minutes, followed by The Times with an average of 40.8 minutes. Commenting on print and online circulation figures, Martin Clarke, publisher at Daily Mail Group Media, said: ‘We wouldn’t swap our metric results with those of the Sun and the Mirror in a million years’.
It’s been a long time coming
Veteran BBC presenter John Humphrys will present his last episode of the Today programme this week. Humphrys, who has been part of the flagship programme for 32 years but has sparked controversy in recent years, will interview David Cameron about his forthcoming autobiography. (BBC One will also air the first of a two-part documentary, The Cameron Years, later that evening. Cameron’s first broadcast interview will be with Tom Bradby on ITV’s News at Ten.)
News in a nutshell
The Telegraph’s Front Page newsletter has reached 200,000 subscribers, according to Commuter Editions Editor Danny Boyle. Since its relaunch in December the newsletter – which offers news in a nutshell twice a day – has helped drive the Telegraph’s online subscription figures.
The new Apple TV+ streaming service will be just £4.99 per month, £1 less than Netflix’s cheapest offer. The new platform will launch across 100 countries including the UK on 1 November. Apple has reportedly pumped £4.9 billion into content production in an effort to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The Big Issue has announced that sellers will now have the option of accepting contactless card payments. A recent trial period saw 80% of sales become cashless. The magazine’s managing director said that contactless was ‘an effort to improve levels of financial inclusion for vendors…who have difficulty accessing mainstream financial services and products typically offered by retail banks’. Financial technology company iZettle is making card readers available to Big Issue vendors for the reduced price of £9 and says they will benefit from a per-transaction fee ‘significantly lower’ than its standard rate of 1.75%.
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
“The sad thing is that the current purge is happening at a time when women’s magazines are less sexist and more progressive than they ever have been.” Well-argued (and important) piece by @yomiadegoke after the Marie Claire announcement earlier this weekhttps://t.co/Np0vbynlbL
— Lydia Willgress (@LydiaWillgress) September 12, 2019
Chris Smyth has started his new role as Whitehall Editor at The Times. He was previously the publication’s Health Editor.
Laurel Ives has been appointed Senior Commissioning Editor at The Daily Telegraph and will have a focus on health.
Craig Paton has joined PA Media as a Scottish Politics Reporter.
Helen Warrell is now Defence and Security Editor at the Financial Times. She replaces David Bond who recently became Brexit Editor at the title.
Melissa Lawford has joined The Daily Telegraph as a Property Correspondent.
Alison Millington has been appointed Deputy Editor at Business Insider.
Connor Boyd is now a Health Reporter at MailOnline.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
“BOLLOCKS TO BREXIT” message in the top and bottom lines of today’s Guardian cryptic crossword is genius by setter Philisitne. My brainy comrade @JBeattieMirror completed it but I’ve left squares blank to avoid running ithe fun completely for other geeks 😀 pic.twitter.com/jcJWkkQjIl
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) September 12, 2019
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