NEWSPAPER ABCs: Daily Mirror benefits from 'infidelity month'

LONDON - The Daily Mirror recorded its first monthly uplift in circulation in half a year, as the nation's red-tops benefited from a number of titillating football and celebrity stories in February.

Daily Mirror: benefits from stories of sleaze
Daily Mirror: benefits from stories of sleaze

According to February ABC figures published today, the tabloids beat the mid-market and qualities in February, nudging up 0.22% as a sector. The sector was fuelled by promotions and sordid revelations about the private lives of footballers John Terry and Ashley Cole.

The 45p Daily Mirror led the way, up 1.36% on January, to register a circulation of 1,234,967 in the month.

The 30p Sun, which is price discounting to 20p in London and the north of England, fell below the three million mark in February, to record a circulation of 2,972,763.

The fall meant it lost its mantle – for February at least – as the biggest selling national newspaper in the country to sister title, the News of The World.

The Sun was slightly up (0.63%) on the year, unlike the Daily Mirror which was down (6.91%) on the year, as was every other national daily title, except the Daily Star.

Rob Painter, acting marketing director for The Sun and the News of The World, labelled February "infidelity month". He said it also benefited from "some great marketing" at the Rupert Murdoch-owned titles.

Promotional offers during the month included discount tickets to Alton Towers and £9.50 European holidays.

During the same period, the quality newspapers found the going tougher, with all of them falling on their January figures.

The Daily Telegraph was below the 700,000 mark for the second successive month – a fall that can be partly attributed to removing its bulk copies at the start of the year. 

The Telegraph's headline circulation figure was 685,177, although its year-on-year fall was less precipitous than its quality rivals.

The Times and The Guardian, both of which have also scraped bulk copies, slumped 16.9% to a circulation of 505,062 and 16.38% to 284,514 on the year, respectively.

The Guardian said its February figure could be partly attributed to its decision to reduce the number of copies it sells in Europe following a strategic review. Its European edition recorded a circulation of 18,880 in February.

Across the mid-market, the Daily Mail recorded a circulation of 2,111, 204, down 0.43% on January, while the Daily Express fell 0.25% to 672,951.

Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Omnicom dispute to drive down Channel 5 prices in H2

Omnicom dispute to drive down Channel 5 prices in H2

Omnicom's trading dispute with Channel 5 is expected to drive down the broadcaster's prices by an estimated six per cent year on year, according to an internal Channel 5 document seen by Campaign.

Share
Aga targets city homes with cooker campaign

Aga targets city homes with cooker campaign

Aga, the British cooker brand indelibly linked with the upper-middle classes and their country homes, has released a campaign for its city oven.

Share
David Abraham MacTaggart lecture: full text

David Abraham MacTaggart lecture: full text

Read the full text of David Abraham's speech, called 'After The Gold Rush: Sustaining creative risk in UK television for the next generation', given at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Share

Get news by email