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Hildy Johnson
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The annual statements of ownership and circulation should begin appearing in daily papers today, and in weekly papers this week.

Post your local paper's numbers here, so we can compare.

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Damning story in the Phenoix about TPTSNBN (Ran in August)

[url=http://thephoenix.com/article_ektid46403.aspx]SOURCE[/url]

State's they claim TPTSNBN circulation dropped 7.6% Sundays, and 5% on weekdays. (129,931 to 102,204 and 79,957 to 67,250)

Claiming Baby Boomers and WWII Generation are dying at 2500/year in Maine.

Hmm Perhaps you should put some Fair and Balance into your paper, to get some non-CORE audience people to subscribe.

EJ

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How many Mainers voted for Chandler Woodcock compared to the PPH daily readership? Or even the Sunday readership?

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Exactly Mark.

Most conservatives, read TPTSNBN for one of the following reasons, Commics, Sports, or perhaps to see the Business in the business section.

TPTSNBN, used to do a good job with a pulse on Portland business.

I may have to take some time to go down to the library, to read some micro film archives of WWII to see how many headlines were as grim about the clean up of Europe after WWII.

Get out of Germany Now.

Let's not use profiling to find Nazi's sabators.

EJ

Roger Ek
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Wifey buys the BDN for the Soduku.

Hildy Johnson
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So, has [i]anybody[/i] managed to turn up any numbers?

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[quote="Hildy Johnson"]So, has [i]anybody[/i] managed to turn up any numbers?[/quote]

Don't expect to see these things prominently displayed in the papers, Hildy. At some point in the near future the Audit Bureau of Circulation will post them on their website, or they'll turn up in a news story. But you can bet the papers would just as soon let the numbers remain quiet.

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The West End NEWS
Portland's Only Locally-Owned and Operated Newspaper
Published Every Other Week Since March, 2001
Circulation: 5,000
Distribution: 150 Locations in Downtown Portland
PO Box 5234, Portland, ME 04101-0934
(207) 239-1883 TheWestEndNews@yahoo.com
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Newspaper circulation info

Source: New England Press Association - 2007 Newspaper Directory - ABC Audit Bureau of Circulation, CAC Certified Audit of Circulation 2007, Household information from Demographics Now/Experian 2007.

1. Maine Sunday Telegram - 115,196
2. Portland Press Herald - 72,932
3. Bangor Daily News Weekend - 71,651
4. Bangor Daily News - 60,771
5. Lewiston Sun Journal Sunday - 35,021

6. Lewiston Sun Journal - 34,169
7. Waterville Morning Sentinel - 19,614
8. Waterville Morning Sentinel Sunday - 18,300
9. Augusta Kennebec Journal - 14,903
10. Augusta Kennebec Journal Sunday - 14,089

11. Brunswick Times Record Sunday - 12,225
12. Ellsworth American - 10,778
12. Brunswick Times Record - 10,410
13. Biddeford Journal Tribune Sunday - 8,825
14. Knox County Times - 8,500
15. York County Coast Star - 8,407

16. Waldo Independent - 8,011
17. Lincoln County News - 7,797
18. Rockland Courier Gazette - 7,431
19. Biddeford Journal Tribune - 7,307
20. Norway Advertiser Democrat - 7,262

21. Bridgton News - 6,936
22. Westbrook American Journal - 6,600
23. Presque Isle Star Herald - 6,019
24. Bar Harbor Times - 5,860
25. St. John Valley Times - 5,851

26. Belfast Republican Journal - 5,826
27. Sanford News - 5,763
28. Lincoln News - 5,729
29. Boothbay Register - 5,260
30. Rumford Falls Times - 4,954

31. Franklin Journal - 4,873
32. Houlton Pioneer Times - 4,861
33. Eastport Quoddy Times - 4,724
34. Waldo County Times - 4,500
35. Penobscot Times - 4,500

36. Piscataquis Observer - 3,845
37. Aroostook Republican & News - 3,835
38. York Weekly - 3,782
39. Cutler Downeast Coastal Press - 3,559
40. Camden Herald - 3,544

41. Augusta Capital Weekly - 3,515
42. Millinocket Katahdin Times - 3,441
43. Machias Valley News Observer - 3,400
44. Calais Advertiser - 3,322
45. Bethel Citizen - 3,085

46. Livermore Falls Advertiser - 2,855
47. Greenville Moosehead Messenger - 2,679
48. Mount Desert Islander - 2,611
49. Stonington Island Ad-Vantage - 2,374
50. York Independent - 2,125

51. Blue Hill Weekly Packet - 1,981
52. Bucksport Enterprise - 1,957
53. Kingfield Original Irregular - 1,745
54. Wiscasset Newspaper - 1,263
55. Castine Patriot - 1,013

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A new section for the PPH

I think TPTSNBN should make a section just for Nemits and the Liberal LTE's . It always seems like there is a guaranteed 4 LTE's a day always ranting about something. To me, this means that the Dems have 120+ strong letter writing team. If they had their own section, we wouldn't all have to be subjected to their standard non-stop drivel. This would let moderates and conservaives to be able to write a letter or two and allow us to just skip the liberal section.

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[quote]41. Augusta Capital Weekly - 3,515 [/quote]

Wow. That is a surprise. They were up over 5,000 a few years ago and won a ton of awards at the Maine Press Association convention.

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These are only the papers that have a paid circulation. The West End NEWS drops 5000 copies every two weeks and picks up about 500 during deliveries.

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Would a website [i]absolute unique visitor[/i] be on par with a newspaper subscriber?

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Kind of, but everybody in my company has the same public IP address. However, we all share a copy of the newspaper in the lunchroom, too.

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Interesting list of circulation given above.

Ranking 11th is "Brunswick Times Record Sunday."

One little problem....the Times Record is a Monday to Friday paper; no Saturday or Sunday editions.

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[quote="Melvin Udall"] One little problem....the Times Record is a Monday to Friday paper; no Saturday or Sunday editions.[/quote]

I have family in Brunswick and I swear I've seen a Sunday Times Record there? Do they have a weekend edition, like BDN?

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There are ommissions,

The Current
(The current/american Journal) Lakes Region edition
(the Current/American Journal) OOB version.

(this one is a free paper so perhaps not in the list because the above for for pay versions)
The Forecaster (all flavors).

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The York County Coast Star...

isn't on the list. Does that mean their circulation is less than the lowest listed newspaper?

thanks

charlie

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[quote="Hildy Johnson"][quote="Melvin Udall"] One little problem....the Times Record is a Monday to Friday paper; no Saturday or Sunday editions.[/quote]

I have family in Brunswick and I swear I've seen a Sunday Times Record there? Do they have a weekend edition, like BDN?[/quote]

No. The Times Record publishes strictly Mon-Fri. PPH, KJ/MS, Lewiston Sun all have Sunday papers. Don't know about the Biddeford Journal Tribune.

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The Biddeford journal publishes a weekend edition...

come out Saturday, but no Sunday edition.

charlie

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Re: The York County Coast Star...

[quote="charlie neville"]isn't on the list. Does that mean their circulation is less than the lowest listed newspaper?
[/quote]

It's on the list:

[quote="editor"]15. York County Coast Star - 8,407 [/quote]

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You're right, thank you Hildy...

Guess I wasn't expecting it to be so high and just passed it over.

charlie

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The Times Record brands its Friday edition as a weekend edition and it stays on the newstands all weekend. That is listed as the Sunday edition.

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I havent bought a newspaper in at least 5 years. I use the Maine newspaper web sites to get my local news.

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Free-distribution papers such as The Forecaster, the West End News and the some papers in the Current chain are not yet included in the ABC circulation reports because, so far, there is no absolute way of determining their readership totals.

The circulation report that Hildy referenced is, I believe, a federal requirement that all paid circulation newspapers state their ownership and circulation in an advertising format once each year. Hildy says that this is the week the information must appear. It can be published any day of the week, so keep a lookout for it.

Then the numbers can be compared the ABC circulation figures from last year which are listed on skf's post above. There's little doubt that most daily newspapers will show losses, some of them substantial. This is because readers are turning elsewhere for their news -- to the web for world and national news and to the weeklies for local news.

Without a doubt, some of this migration is due to readers' disenchantment with daily newspapers. Almost weekly, it seems, Bill O'Reilly, whose evening TV show has an audience of 4 million (and growing), accuses newspapers of being corrupt and offers evidence to back up that claim.

There's more. Stuart Taylor's new book "Until Proven Innocent," focuses on the media's "politically-correct" role in the near railroading of the Duke lacrosse players. The New York Times' coverage of this was shameful and the local Durham paper's was (and still is) even worse. Taylor, a former Times reporter, a Newsweek columnist and a fellow of the Brookings Institution, is no right-winger, so even liberals should weigh his writing carefully.

It is not difficult to believe, despite media contention otherwise, that skewed content is an important reason for falling circulation.

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The Journal Tribune, if I am not mistaken, had changed it's weekend paper Name (saturday) to York County Weekend.

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Anyone have the numbers from one, two, or more years back for a comparison?

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[i]Editor's Note: Cash, these historical numbers came over the AMG transom....[/i]

DAILY SUN JOUNAL
(single issue closest to filing - so probably late September)

2007 2006 2005
press run 35,012 35,510 37,042
Out Cty Subs 689 710 740
In Cty Subs 105 118 117
Dealer Sales 31,950 33,398 34,752
Free 1,595 934 680
Total Circ 35,058 35,160 36,289

(averge sales preceeding 12 months - must be October to October, I guess)
2006-07 2005-06 2004-05
press run 35,925 40,263 39,661
Out Cty Subs 766 779 780
In Cty Subs 131 116 117
Dealer Sales 32,669 33,601 35,697
Free 1,173 832 790
Total Circ 34,020 34,433 37,335

SUNDAY SUN JOURNAL
(ABC number was 35,021)
Issue closed to filing
2007 2006 2005
press run 36,099 36,673 38,000
Out Cty Subs 255 257 251
In Cty Subs 18 24 20
Dealer Sales 34,245 35,477 36,289
Free 1,343 780 1125
Total Circ 35,861 36,538 37,694

(Average preceeding 12 months)
2006-07 2005-06 2004-05
press run 35,751 38,707 37,292
Out Cty Subs 261 265 247
In Cty Subs 21 21 20
Dealer Sales 32,502 33,490 36,806
Free 988 759 693
Total Circ 33,772 34,535 37,766

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BRIDGTON NEWS
Single issue nearest to filing
2007 2005
press run 7,700 7,900
Out Cty Subs 1,778 1,711
In Cty Subs 1,381 1,445
Dealer Sales 3,450 4,043
Free 43 40
Total Circ 6,609 0 7,239

Previous 12 month average
2006-07 2004-05
press run 7,585 8,098
Out Cty Subs 1,873 1,785
In Cty Subs 1,370 1,401
Dealer Sales 3,305 3,750
Free 43 42
Total Circ 6,548 6,978

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October 18, 2007

Gannett Profit Falls As Ad Slump Persists; No Plans to Split Up

A continuing slump for newspaper advertising drove Gannett Co.'s third-quarter earnings down 11%, beating diminished expectations for the industry.

Gannett showed no big improvement in business conditions.

Third-quarter net income was $234 million, or $1.01 a share. Revenue slid 3.8% to $1.8 billion.

Advertising at Gannett's newspapers fell 5.6%, hurt by a slowdown in housing. Gannett's classified revenue declined 7.7%.

Gannett's broadcast division posted a 3.4% revenue decline.

Source: [i]Wall Street Journal, By SHIRA OVIDE , October 18, 2007; Page B7[/i]

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