A regional daily which made cuts to its features and photographic departments during the first half of 2016 has topped the circulation tables for the same period.
Today’s six-monthly ABC figures revealed all regional daily newspapers in the United Kingdom experienced a decline in circulation between January and June of 2016, when compared to the first half of 2015.
However, the Leicester Mercury, which made a number of photographers and features staff redundant earlier this year, saw the least decline in print, with a current circulation of 29,317 representing a 3.7pc year-on-year fall.
Mercury editor Kevin Booth also left Trinity Mirror in April, and has since been replaced by George Oliver.
The period also saw the Mercury release several special editions, including the Sunday issue pictured above, to coincide with local football club Leicester City’s surprise Premier League success.
The next three paid-for dailies in the table are all based away from the British mainland – the Irish News (-4.6pc), Guernsey Press & Star (-4.7pc) and Belfast Telegraph -5pc).
Wolverhampton’s Express & Star has the highest circulation of any newspaper for which figures were reported, at 59,267.
The full list of regional dailies, in order of year-on-year percentage change, is as follows:
|Guernsey Press & Star||12,580||-4.7|
|South Wales Argus||11,344||-6.3|
|Belfast News Letter||16,396||-6.4|
|Aberdeen – Press & Journal||54,270||-7.2|
|Paisley Daily Express||4,986||-7.4|
|Jersey Evening Post||13,791||-8.1|
|Eastern Daily Press||36,605||-8.1|
|Norwich Evening News||9,680||-8.1|
|The Bolton News||10,172||-8.8|
|Carlisle News and Star East||7,306||-9.2|
|Hull Daily Mail||28,686||-9.2|
|East Anglian Daily Times||17,028||-9.4|
|Dundee Evening Telegraph||16,354||-9.5|
|Yorkshire Evening Post||18,093||-10|
|The Argus, Brighton||11,424||-10.3|
|Colchester Daily Gazette||9,866||-10.8|
|The Press, York||15,428||-11|
|North West Evening Mail||8,458||-11.1|
|Aberdeen Evening Express||27,441||-11.3|
|Lancashire Evening Post||11,632||-11.4|
|Bradford Telegraph & Argus||14,813||-11.5|
|Express & Star, Wolverhampton||59,267||-11.9|
|Southern Daily Echo||17,521||-13.3|
|South Wales Evening Post||22,572||-13.7|
|The Sentinel, Stoke||28,862||-13.7|
|Carlisle News and Star West||2,789||-14|
|The Chronicle, Newcastle||28,258||-14|
|Edinburgh Evening News||20,235||-14.1|
|Manchester Evening News||51,794||-14.1|
|Oldham Evening Chronicle||7,434||-14.2|
|The News, Portsmouth||20,818||-14.2|
|Glasgow Evening Times||25,679||-14.3|
|South Wales Echo||16,241||-15.2|
|The Gazette, Blackpool||10,332||-15.4|
|Wigan Evening Post||2,822||-30.1|