A newspapers which made the switch from daily to weekly publication in 2011 has managed to reverse its sales decline.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph made the change to weekly publication in August 2011 and was the only one of the titles which made the switch in recent years to post a sales increase for the second half of 2013.
The title, which is now part of Local World, saw its sales increase by 0.7pc year-on-year to 18,412.
Of the other titles to switch from daily to weekly, the rest continued to post circulation declines in the latest ABC figures.
Johnston Press turned five of its dailies to weekly publication in May 2012 but has now removed three of these from the audited figures altogether – the Northants Telegraph, the Northampton Chronicle and Echo and the Peterborough Telegraph.
However their circulations at 13,191 and 16,747 respectively, although these figures are still up on their average sales from their final six months as dailies.
It is understood that 71 JP titles titles no longer feature in the ABCs, along with 28 Local World newspapers, the latter mainly free titles.
Asked about the decision to withdraw 70 of its titles from the ABC, a Johnston Press spokesman said: “We recognise the importance of continuing to independently audit our titles and, without exception, will continue to publish JICREG readership figures for these titles.
“Our audit partner for the non-ABC audited titles is BPA – one of the worlds largest auditors of print media – which underpins our commitment to applying a high degree of trust on our circulation numbers.”
The Scunthorpe Telegraph aside, the other three Local World titles which went weekly in 2011 all continued to lose sales.
Of the Trinity Mirror titles to go weekly, the Birmingham Post which made the switch in 2009, saw its circulation fall 13.9pc, and the Liverpool Post ceased publication last December after switching to weekly in 2011.
Also facing a double-digit sales decline after a relaunch in a different format was regional daily the Bristol Post, which had a revamp with a magazine-style front page in September, but had a year-on-year circulation decline of 15.8pc.
Following its relaunch with more magazine-style content, its sales were down from 28,841 in September to 26,296 in October, which have fallen further since then.