More on newspaper circulation figures

Written by Terry Flew on June 19, 2012

My suspicion is that both News and Fairfax have overseen a process where newspaper circulation figures have been allowed to remain artificially high, and they have resisted measures that would better audit these figures.

It is notable, for instance, that the State of the News Print Media studies undertaken by the Australian Press Council ceased in 2009 as News and Fairfax withdrew funding for them, and the APC staff member who oversaw their production was dismissed.

When you read the

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Australian newspapers: fudging the figures?

Written by Terry Flew on June 18, 2012

With the dramatic announcement of 1900 jobs to be lost at Fairfax, and a pending announcement of job cuts at News Limited, the question has been asked about how bad have been the print newspaper circulation figures and for how long?

Jason Wilson has pointed out that the Finkelstein Review as presented with a quite rosy medium-term scenario for Australian newspapers, by both News and Fairfax. The Terms of Reference of the Independent Media Inquiry asked it to look into:


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Meeting the challenge of convergent media policy

Written by Terry Flew on June 11, 2012

A paper based on my 30 May presentation to Gilbert + Tobin has now been published in The Conversation. This comes at a point where an announcement of the Gillard government’s response to the Convergence Review, the ALRC National Classification Review and the Finkelstein Review is apparently immanent, and the Australian Press Council is moving to head off a government news media regulator.

Meanwhile, the saga of A Current Affair offering $60,000 to a sex worker who allegedly had slept

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