Northern newspaper ABC figures show falls almost across the board

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ABC-logoToday's release of the ABC circulation figures for the region's local newspapers will provide little (print) comfort for the big news organisations. Only one, the Lancashire Telegraph, managed to post a positive result and even that was a modest 1.6 per cent increase.

The figure published for the first half of this year also show what's been described as a 'startling commission' for the UK's biggest newspaper group - Trinity Mirror - no year on year analysis.

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade has attempted to calculate the declines for those papers, which includes the Manchester Evening News and the Newcastle Journal, but it's something of an apples and pear comparison given the changed format for reporting by TM.

He said: "I agree that this exercise is anything but perfect, but the change of mind over auditing should not be allowed to conceal the reality of decline."

The stark picture is detailed in the table below.

Title Total Yr on yr
Hartlepool Mail 7,435 -15.7
Teesside - Evening Gazette 26,845
Barrow - North West Evening Mail 9,513 -11.2
Carlisle - News and Star East 8,043 -9.6
Carlisle - News and Star West 3,244 -7.5
Darlington - The Northern Echo 27,819 -9.5
The Bolton News 11,157 -9.7
The Gazette - Blackpool 12,216 -13.8
Lancashire Evening Post 13,129 -11.9
Lancashire Telegraph - Blackburn 13,304 1.6
Manchester Evening News 60,327
Oldham Evening Chronicle 8,663 -11.9
Wigan Evening Post 4,036 -10.1
Liverpool Echo 59,754
The Sentinel 33,426 -10.8
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 32,842
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Journal 15,807
South Shields - Shields Gazette 8,178 -19.1
Sunderland Echo & Football Echo 16,894 -17.7
Hull Daily Mail 31,601 -10
York - The Press 17,342 -11.7
Doncaster Star 767 -25.2
Sheffield Star & Green 'Un 20,305 -12.6
Bradford - Telegraph & Argus 16,737 -11.5
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 14,051
Leeds - Yorkshire Evening Post 20,093 -16.1
Leeds - Yorkshire Post 27,903 -10.1
Daily Post (Wales) 24,713