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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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You want to do what now?! Crazy as the proposition might seem, The Guardian reports today that former Sunday Express editor Sue Douglas and former ITV executive Rupert Howell have been discussing the idea of launching a new Sunday tabloid, which would emulate the now defunct News of the World.

The paper suggests that the pair have approached potential investors with a total wealth of around £300 million, including Brian Kennedy, the millionaire owner of Sale Sharks rugby club.

The Guardian quotes Douglas, who says that the new Sunday tabloid “would be a reincarnation of the News of the World.” She describes the proposed publication, which would compete with News International’s newly launched Sun on Sunday, as “mischievous, punctuating pomposity, exposing hypocrisy with a smile. We have gathered quite a lot of momentum and funding."

In fact, according to an unnamed source in The Guardian, Douglas and Howell would like to go further than launching a paper, and create a whole new media brand, which would include print, digital, TV and radio offerings.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-04-12 18:41

Sunday is not a day of rest when it comes to newspaper sales in the US. The newly published annual Pew report on the state of the American media has highlighted that despite the problems that print newspapers are facing in the US, Sunday print editions are continuing to do relatively well. Sunday circulation has stabilised and has even gone up at some papers. What’s more, Pew writes that as print ad revenues plummet, Sunday preprint insert advertising has proved comparatively resilient.

Presumably to capitalise on this trend, the Wall Street Journal has established a partnership with 62 local papers, which each weekend publish between two and four pages of content about business and personal finance produced by WSJ writers. Jeff Roberts writes for paidContent that the articles are not reproduced from the Journal, but written specifically to target a wider, lower-earning audience.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-20 18:06

The UK Audit Bureau of Circulation's numbers are out for December, and the news isn't good for Sunday papers.

Across the board, Sunday newspaper experienced a decline in circulation, the worst hit being the Scotland on Sunday, with a 7.05 % drop. The least affected was The Observer, which saw a 0.03% decline in circulation.

The ABC numbers are all the more striking because they lead The Guardian to conclude that nearly half of the now-defunct News of the World's buyers have given up purchasing Sunday tabloids altogether.

According to Guardian journalist Mark Sweney, when the News of the World was closed in July, 30% of its circulation was not absorbed by the paper's rivals, suggesting that its former customers were simply not buying Sunday tabloids any more.

Now that figure has risen to the equivalent of 50% of the News of the World's former readers, as the sales that other Sunday tabloids picked up when their rival closed have decreased. Altogether, says Sweney, the circulation of Sunday tabloids has declined by 1,344,433.

The boost in sales that the News of the World's five major competitors experienced when the paper was shut down has declined by 30%.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-01-13 18:51

by Roy Greenslade

Is there still space on a Sunday for a News of the World replacement? There appears to be a widespread belief that there is a lot of room because 700,000 buyers went AWOL following the paper's closure in early July while the bulk reluctantly migrated to rival titles.

I'll come to what they are offering readers in a moment. Meanwhile, let's consider whether that space genuinely exists.

Continue reading on Greenslade Blog

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-10-05 13:27

The Gazette, Montreal's English-language newspaper, will eliminate its Sunday print edition and instead offer an online version, The Toronto Star reported.

"In its 22-year existence, the Sunday Gazette has struggled to find significant advertising support to cover the costs of printing and distribution," said Gazette's publisher and editor-in-chief Alan Allnutt in a statement posted on the daily's website.

He explained that the publishing change will help to cut costs and allow the daily to "focus its resources on the six remaining print editions and on the Web."

Popular sections of the Sunday Gazette, like comics and social features, will be added to the Saturday edition starting Aug. 7. On Sundays, breaking news will be covered through the daily's website.

"In our case, we just want to focus and offer the best print product for six days and slowly do a transition to the Web, like everybody else," The Gazette's vice-president of marketing and sales Bernard Asselin told CTV Montreal while reminding that no jobs will be lost.

This is the second newspaper in Montreal to eliminate a Sunday edition, after French-language La Presse stopped publishing its Sunday print version last year, The Toronto Star reminded.

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Clara Mart

Date

2010-07-15 20:15

Newspapers everywhere are taking a good hard look at paid content, and how, or whether, paywalls can benefit them. Rupert Murdoch's The Times and Sunday Times are being watched today, as they begin charging for online content - the first non-specialist newspapers in Britain to do so.

As online ad prices and paid circulation go down, all while online readership soars, experts predict many newspapers will continue trying out different types of online paid content models. Other newspapers will certainly look to thetimes.co.uk and sundaytimes.co.uk for lessons. Both sites will charge £1 for a daily subscription, or £2 for a weekly subscription.

"We believe the new sites offer real value and we look forward to continuing to invest and innovate for readers," said Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News International, News Corp's British subsidiary, Agence France-Presse reported today.

The basics of an online paid content business model are based on both attracting enough paying customers and serving high-yielding advertisements to that very dedicated audience.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-03 01:18

The Globe and Mail will publish three special Sunday editions for the British Columbia market to provide more coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, making it the only seven-day newspaper in the region, MarketingMag reported Friday.

The special editions will be published Feb. 14, 21 and 28. They will be delivered to subscribers, sold at more than 1,000 retail outlets in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, and be available to the rest of Canada as an online e-edition.

The special editions will be the first time the newspaper publishes a Sunday edition in its history, Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, told Canada NewsWire Group. "Canadians will be living and breathing the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and The Globe and Mail will be the best source for news and analysis of every event and celebration, every day of the week."

Being an 'Official National Newspaper Supplier' of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and "National Print Partner" of Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, The Globe and Mail plans to include a dedicated daily Olympic Winter Games section in all editions across the country, in addition to breaking news coverage, commentary, images and discussion throughout the games.

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Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-02-08 23:27

All UK Sunday quality papers saw circulation go down in December 2009, due to bulk distribution issues, MediaGuardian reported.

The Sunday Telegraph's December circulation slid by about 26,000 to 525,088, as it stopped selling bulk copies to airports and gyms for a nominal fee that they then give away for free. The paper's bulk copies total about 77,000 fewer than the previous year, which made circulation go down 8.72 percent year on year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Worst hit was The Observer, with sales declining 16.49 percent year-on-year to 351,019, partly because it stopped distributing bulk copies since mid-2009. Sales of the Sunday paper in December dropped 5.81 percent month-on-month.

Unlike most of its competitors, the Independent on Sunday distributed 8,580 more bulk copies in December than in the previous year. Sales totalled 155,460 in December, down 4.94 percent year-on-year and 0.68 percent month-on-month.

The Sunday Times, which had circulation of 80,000 more than its rivals combined, declined 3.76 percent year-on-year, or dropped 4.97 percent month-on-month, to 1,113,195 copies in December. It distributed more than 3,300 fewer bulk copies than one year ago, MediaGuardian reported.

In general, the total average net circulation of UK's Sunday quality market was 2,240,330, which is down 7.24 percent compared to one year ago.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-01-15 23:16

The Sunday Times' circulation has grown by 5 percent in year on year data, MediaGuardian reported.

The increase in readership is speculated to be due to the fact that the paper began offering free delivery offered to certain readers effective since last July.

The Times' Sunday edition competitor, the Observer, also saw a slight increase in readership, reporting a 1.1 percent boost in month on month circulation, year on year circulation was down by 2.6 percent.

The Sunday Times and the Observer were the only Sunday papers to boast increases in circulation.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-10 18:17

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