Newspaper Circulation Dropping; Who Could Have Seen That Coming?


Say it isn’t so, the Boston Globe reporting a drop in circulation and the New York Times barely realizing an increase. Go figure? In all honesty who actually buys print newspapers anymore? The upcoming Fas-Fax report will read a grim tale for the news print.

During an earnings call with analysts Thursday morning, executives at The New York Times Co. said that the Globe’s daily circ declined by 17,000 copies, or 3.7%, and Sunday decreased by 15,000 copies, or 2.1%.

The New York Times reported daily circ increased by 2,500 copies, or .2%. Sunday circ grew 3,500 copies, also .2%. The Times’ daily circulation dropped 2% within New York, though national circulation is up 2%. Sunday circ sank 5% in the New York area while it increased roughly 5% nationally.

What is most interesting are the reasons that Print executives give for the drop in circulation. Its not so much what they say, its what they don’t.

Executives attributed the circulation decreases in Boston and in the New York area to weather problems during Q1, changing demographics — an influx of immigrants — and the shunning of traditional papers by a younger generation.

Hmm … “the shunning of traditional papers” by younger individuals. Is that code for INTERNET access to the news media? Is it possible that most people and not just young these days go on-line for their news. More to the point, young people go to certain sites and blogs to get their news. Not one mention of the blogosphere as a possible reason for a loss of circulation. One thing is for certain, it will only get worse in the years to come for printed newspaper circulation.

Posted April 14, 2005 by
Business, General, Main | 4 comments

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Newspaper Circulation Dropping; Who Could Have Seen That Coming?”

    1. Kobayashi Maru on April 15th, 2005 11:39 am

      The Times doesn’t even hint that the Globe’s persistently far-left editorial policy, (e.g., this) and resulting fatigue with the paper’s predictable, warmed-over, 1960s-era-liberal, Peoples’ Republic of Cambridge, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry are da bomb slant could be a factor. There’s no mention either of the rising popularity of blogs, (much less the role – at least on the margin – of political ones.) Nope. It was the snow. And Republicans trashing the economy. And Easter. And those pesky immigrants and young people who didn’t have the common sense to look out for their own interests by voting for Kerry. More at:

    2. Kobayashi Maru on April 15th, 2005 11:40 am

      Ironic that your Google ad for this post is for a NYT subscription at 50% off :)

    3. Tom on April 15th, 2005 11:46 am

      Even, better , my google ad was

      New York Time Obituaries…

      They report their own demise…

      kobayashi, great comments. come back often!

    4. Scared Monkeys » Blog Archive » Boston Globe’s “Seal” of Approval? on April 15th, 2005 7:51 pm

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