Tough times for newspapers


Circulation figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations show that US daily newspapers lost 2.6% of their subscribers in the six-month period through September. Of the 20 largest newspapers, only three saw circulation rise. Gannett’s USA Today, already #1 in circulation, posted a gain of 1.04%. Tribune’s LA Times, #4, gained 0.5%, and the locally owned Philadelphia Inquirer, #16, was up 2.31%. Circulation declines among the big dailies ranged as high as Cox’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, #20, down 9.08%, and Belo’s Dallas Morning News, #12, down 7.68%.