December 13th, 2013
The first free daily in Hong Kong (Metropolis Daily by Metro International) – now Metro – was introduced in August 2012.
In 2005 AM730 (Shih Wing Ching) and Headline Daily (Sing Tao News Corp.) joined Metro while business paper The Standard converted to a free model in 2007.
In 2011 two new titles were introduced: Sky Post (Hong Kong Economic Times) and Sharp Daily (Next Media). This last paper folded earlier this year.
Free circulation in Hong Hong is now 2.4 million (click on graph for bigger version).
December 12th, 2013
Free Swiss evening paper Blick am Abend is upgrading their online business. The paper is second in readership after leading (free) daily 20 Minuten, but lags further behind online.
To expand their online operation Blick am Abend is hiring new journalist for the website, offer 24/24 news updates, and will change banners for native advertising.
The new website should not cannibalize the website of paid (tabloid) paper Blick, but if it does, publisher Florian Fels thinks it’s better that Blick am Abend cannibalizes instead of another (20 Minuten?) website:
“und wenn doch, dann kannibalisieren wir uns lieber selbst, als dass es andere tun.” (Persoenlich)
Not everybody in Switzerland is a fan of online, in an interview with Freiewelt, Professor Kurt Imhoff says that free information destroyed journalism (Interview is in German).
December 11th, 2013
Austrians trust radio and tv more than newspapers, online newsmedia and Google when political information in concerned.
They don’t trust free newspapers, online fora, blogs, Youtube, Twitter and Faccebook.
Results are from an online research (500 Austrians older than 16 years) by APA/OGM.
December 4th, 2013
As was suggested earlier on this blog, Steve Auckland will indeed rejoin Metro to replace Linda Grant as managing director.
Auckland previously led Metro from 2002 to March 2011. (TheDrum)
Circulation and readership are in the graph (click for bigger version) below.
December 3rd, 2013
The Sun is still the paper with most readers the UK – just over 6 milion every day – but it’s 23% less than five years ago when the paper had almost 8 million readers (NRS data).
The drop in numbers (1.8 million) is impressive, but in percentage The Mirror (-27%), Daily Telegraph (-36%), The Times (-30%), Daily Express (-31%), The Guardian (-28%), Daily Record (-36%) and The Independent (-46%) lost more.
The Daily Star and the Daily Mail (both -18% since 2007/2008) performed somewhat better than average.
Free daily Metro saw its readership increase with 3% in five years, The Evening Standard (free since October 2009) saw an increase of 162% since 2007/2008 when the paper was still paid. In the last three years readership is around 1.5 million. (Clcik on graph for bigger version.)
Compared to the same period last year, the Daily Star (-19%), The Guardian (-16%) and The Independent (-22%) lost most readers. The Evening Standard and “i” both gained 1% in readership.
December 1st, 2013
According to a post in The Guardian by Roy Greenslade, former Metro man Steve Auckland is about to return to Metro UK.
Auckland joined David Montgomery’s Local World in 2011, but has recently resigned after what The Guardian called “a clash of pernonalities“.
This Friday – 29 November – Metro’s managing director Linda Grant and marketing director Bryan Scott have left the daily freesheet (Marketing Week).
Revenue at Metro declined 10 per cent to £80m in the year to 30 September.
November 20th, 2013
Already two weeks ago Metro’s Photo Challenge winners were annouced. For some mysterious reason this escaped my attention.
The photo’s of the winners can be seen on this website.
All photo’s this year had to be related to one of the senses, the one above is taken Alexander Hirtz, Quito, Ecuador, and posted under “taste”.
In total 120,000 photos were send in by 40,000 photographers.
November 19th, 2013
There is still an enormous gap between leading paid tabloid Kronen Zeitung and free daily Heute in readership. But the gap is getting smaller.
In 2012/2013 Kronen Zeitung had 2.6 million readers (until 2006 this was more than 3 million), free daily Heute first hit the one million readership mark, coming from half a million in 2006 according to the latest Media-Analyse data.
Kleine Zeitung is third in readership (817,000 readers), free/paid paper Österreich is fourth with 706,000 readers.
November 12th, 2013
Free Israeli newspaper Maariv is plannning to launch a free afternoon edition according to IsraelNationalNews.
Shlomo Ben-Tzvi, owner and publisher of the Maariv daily newspaper, said at the Eilat Journalism Conference that the newspaper will soon launch a new free evening edition.
Maariv lost readers and circulation, while the most popular newspaper in the country is free daily newspaper Yisrael Hayom.
Also free daily Israel Post (by Jeruzalem Post) is published in the afternoon.
Shlomo Ben-Tzvi was earlier involved in free daily HaYisraeli (20060-2007).
November 10th, 2013
German Süddeutsche Zeitung featured Swiss free newspaper 20 Minuten under the heading “Alles um Sonst” (All for nothing).
But the 240 people working for Tamedia’s free newspaper produce according top SZ the most profitable newspaper in Europe.
Circulation of 20 Minutes is around 730,000 (twice as much as the nearest competitor: paid tabloid Blick) with eigth different editions in three languages: Zurich (1999), Basle (2000), Bern (2000), Luzern/Zug 2004), St. Gallen (2005), Geneva/Nyon (2006), Lausanne (2006), Ticino (2011).
The paper has in total 2 million readers, 1.6 million in the German speaking part, which makes it the best read paper in that part of the country.
Also the online presence of 20 Minuten is impressive, it’s the most visited news webiste in Switzerland.
The e-paper (in all editions) van be viewed online: sports, short news, entertainment, celebreties, service and lots of adds.
The development of circulation can be seen below.
Readerhip (2013, first half) is in the second graph.