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ABCs: Newspaper set for axe this week suffered 18pc circulation drop

A Sunday newspaper which is set to close this weekend suffered an 18pc year-on-year drop in circulation, today’s ABC figures have revealed.

HTFP reported last week how the Sunday Herald will cease publication this Sunday after 19 years in print, with owner Newsquest announcing the launch of two new Glasgow-based Sunday titles – The Herald on Sunday and the Sunday National – in its place.

The Herald was one of just three non-daily newspapers to submit figures for the June-end ABCs, with almost all UK weeklies now opting for once-a-year reporting each February.

Its circulation stood at 16,345 over the period, an 18pc year-on-year decline.


Belfast’s Sunday Life also submitted figures, with a circulation of 31,595 representing an 11pc decrease.

Newsquest’s free weekly the Burnley Star, which was launched in March, submitted its first figures, recording a circulation of 9,930.

A list of titles which report to the ABC annually, and therefore did not appear in today’s report, is available below:

Accrington Observer
Advertiser (North of England) Group
Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Aldershot News & Mail
Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser
Andover Advertiser
Annandale Herald and Moffat News
Annandale Observer
Archant Norfolk Advertiser Group
Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
Arran Banner
Ashbourne News Telegraph
Ayr Advertiser
Ayrshire Post
Banffshire Journal
Barking & Dagenham Post
Barnsley Chronicle
Barry & District News
Basingstoke Gazette
Bath Chronicle
Beccles & Bungay Journal
Bexley Times
Bicester Advertiser
Biggleswade, Sandy & Potton Comet
Birmingham Post
Black Country Bugle
Blackburn Post
Blairgowrie Advertiser
Border Telegraph
Boston Target
Bracknell News
Braintree & Witham Times
Brent and Kilburn Times
Brentwood Gazette
Brentwood Recorder
Bridgnorth Journal
Bridgwater Mercury
Bridport News
Bristol – Western Daily Press
Bromley Times
Bromsgrove Advertiser/Droitwich Spa Advertiser
Bucks Advertiser & Examiner
Bucks Free Press
Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News
Burton Mail
Bury St Edmunds Mercury
Bury Times
Caernarfon & Denbigh Herald
Caithness Courier
Cambs Times
Campbeltown Courier & Argyllshire Advertiser
Cannock Chronicle
Carmarthen Journal
Celtic Newspapers Group
Central Fife Times & Advertiser
Chard & Ilminster News
Chester Chronicle
Chester Chronicle Group
Chester-Le-Street Advertiser
Chorley & Leyland Citizen
Chronicle and Informer
Chronicle Newspapers Group
Clacton Gazette
Clydebank Post
Consett-Stanley Advertiser
Cornish Guardian
Cornish Weekly Newspapers Group
Craven Herald & Pioneer
Crewe Chronicle
Croydon Advertiser
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald
Cumberland News
Cumnock Chronicle
Cynon Valley Leader
Daily Post (Wales)
Darlington & Stockton Times
Dereham & Fakenham Times
Diss Mercury
Diss Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury Group
Docklands & East London Advertiser
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser
Dover Express
Dudley Chronicle
Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter
Dumfries & Galloway Standard (Fri)
Dumfries & Galloway Standard (Wed)
Dumfries Courier
Dunfermline Press & West of Fife Advertiser
Dunmow Broadcast
Durham Advertiser
Ealing Gazette
East Coast and The Wolds Target
East Grinstead Courier
East Kent Mercury
East Kilbride News
East London & West Essex Group
East Lothian Courier
Edinburgh – Evening News
Ely Standard
Epping Forest Guardian
Essex Chronicle
Essex County Standard
Exeter – Express & Echo (Thursday)
Falmouth & Helston Packet
Faversham News
Fife & Kinross Extra
Folkestone & Hythe Express
Folkestone Herald
Folkestone Herald Group
Forres Gazette
Free Press Monmouthshire & Pontypool
Frome Standard
Gazette & Herald
Glamorgan Gazette
Gloucestershire Gazette
Goole Times (Incorporating Selby Times)
Gravesend & Dartford Messenger
Great Yarmouth Mercury
Greenock Telegraph
Grimsby Telegraph
Guardian (Northwich, Winsford & Middlewich)
Gwent Gazette
Hackney Gazette
Hackney Today
Halesowen Chronicle
Halesowen News
Halstead Gazette
Ham & High Broadway
Ham and High Express
Hamilton Advertiser
Hampshire Chronicle
Hartlepool Mail
Harwich & Manningtree Standard
Helensburgh Advertiser
Herald North Group
Hereford Times
Herne Bay Gazette
Hertfordshire Mercury
Herts & Essex Observer
Hexham Courant
Heywood Advertiser
Highland News
Highland News Group
Hinckley Times
Hitchin Comet
Holyhead and Bangor Mail
Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Hunts Post
Ilford Recorder
Ilkley Gazette
Impartial Reporter
Inverness Courier (Fri)
Inverness Courier (Tue)
Inverness Courier Group
Inverness Scene
Irvine Herald and Kilwinning Chronicle
Irvine Times
Isle of Thanet Gazette
Isle of Wight County Press
Islington Gazette
John O’Groat Journal
Keighley News
Kent and Sussex Courier
Kent Messenger
Kent Messenger Weekly Newspaper Group
Kentish Express
Kentish Gazette
Kentish Gazette Group
Kilmarnock Standard
KM Extra (Canterbury)
KM Extra (Thanet)
Knutsford Guardian
Largs & Millport Weekly News
Leek Post & Times
Leigh, Tyldesley & Atherton Journal
Lennox Herald
Letchworth GC & Baldock Comet
Lichfield Mercury
Lincolnshire Echo
Liverpool Sunday Echo
Llanelli Star
Loughborough Echo
Lowestoft Journal
Ludlow Advertiser
Macclesfield Express
Maldon & Burnham Standard
Malvern Gazette
Manchester Weekly News
Medway Messenger (Monday)
MEN Weekly Paid Newspapers Group
Merthyr Express
Messenger Extra (Gravesend, Dartford and Swanley)
Mid Somerset Gazette
Mid Somerset Group
Mid Somerset Journal
Middleton Guardian
Midland News Association Group
Midweek (Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead)
Midweek – Weston Super Mare
Midweek Visiter
Milford Mercury
Newcastle Journal
Newcastle Sunday Sun
Newham Recorder
Newport Advertiser
News Group
Newsquest (Midlands South) Ltd Group
Newsquest (Oxfordshire) Paid Newspapers Group
North Devon Gazette
North Devon Journal
North Norfolk News
North Somerset Times
North Star
North Wales Weekly News
Northern Scot
Northern Scot Mid Week Extra
Northern Times
Norwich Extra
Nuneaton News
Oban Times
Oban Times Group
Oldham Times
Ormskirk Advertiser
Oswestry and Border Chronicle
Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette
Paisley People
Peeblesshire News
Penarth Times
Perthshire Advertiser (Fri)
Perthshire Advertiser (Tue)
Plymouth – Western Morning News
Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer
Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer Group
Reading Chronicle
Reading Midweek
Redditch & Alcester Advertiser
Redditch, Bromsgrove & Droitwich Advertiser Group
Retford Times
Rhondda Leader
Rochdale Observer (Sat)
Rochdale Observer (Wed)
Rochdale Observer Group
Romford and Havering Post
Romford Recorder
Romsey Advertiser
Ross-shire Journal
Rossendale Free Press
Rotherham & South Yorkshire Advertiser
Rotherham Record
Royston Crow
Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News
Runcorn and Widnes World
Rutherglen Reformer
Saffron Walden Reporter
Sale & Altrincham Messenger
Salisbury Journal
Sandwell Chronicle
Scotland on Sunday
Scottish Provincial Press Group
Scunthorpe Telegraph
Sevenoaks Chronicle
Sheerness Times Guardian
Shrewsbury Chronicle
Shropshire Weeklies Group
Sidmouth Herald
Sittingbourne News Extra
Sleaford Target
Slough Eton & Windsor Observer
Solihull News
Somerset County Gazette
Somerset Guardian
South Shields – Shields Gazette
South Shropshire Journal
South Wales Guardian
Southport Group
Southport Visiter
St. Helens Star
Staffordshire Newsletter
Standard & Guardian Weekly Group
Stevenage Comet
Stirling Observer (Fri)
Stirling Observer (Wed)
Stockport Express
Stourbridge Chronicle
Stourbridge News
Stowmarket Mercury
Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press
Strathearn Herald
Strathspey & Badenoch Herald
Stroud News & Journal
Sudbury Mercury
Sunday Mercury
Sunderland Echo
Surrey Advertiser
Surrey Mirror
Surrey Mirror Group
Sutton Coldfield Observer
Tamworth Herald
Telford Journal
The Advertiser – Waveney Edition
The Advertiser – Yarmouth Edition
The Banffshire Advertiser
The Banffshire Herald
The Comet Group
The Evesham and Cotswold Journal
The Galloway News
The Gazette – Blackpool
The Herald
The Herts Advertiser
The Huntly Express
The Mid Devon Gazette
The National
The Oxford Times
The Post (Bolton)
The Reporter
The Shuttle
The Voice (Bishopston, Downend, South Bristol (Totterdown), Thornbury, Emersons Green)
The Voice (Henleaze & Westbury, Horfield & Lockleaze, South Bristol (Bedminster), Yate@Sodbury)
The Voice (Keynsham, Fishponds, Frome Valley, Filton, St George & Redfield, Hanham & Longwell Green)
The Voice Group
The Watford Observer
The Weekender
The West Lothian Courier
Thetford & Watton Times
Tivy-Side Advertiser
Torquay – Herald Express
Trinity Mirror Merseyside, Weekly News Group
Trinity Mirror Regional Dailies (Annual Group)
Trinity Mirror Regional Sundays (Group)
Trinity Mirror Regionals – Paid Weekly Titles
Uttoxeter Advertiser
Uxbridge Gazette
Wales – The Western Mail
Wales on Sunday
Walsall Chronicle
Waltham Forest Guardian
Waltham Forest News
Wanstead & Woodford Guardian
Wanstead & Woodford Recorder
Warrington Guardian
Warrington Post
Welwyn Hatfield Times
West Briton
West Cumberland Times & Star
West Highland Free Press
West Suffolk Mercury Group
Western Gazette
Western Telegraph
Westmorland Gazette
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury
Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer
Whitehaven News
Wigan Post
Wilts & Glos Standard
Wiltshire Times
Wirral Globe
Wisbech Standard
Wishaw Press
Witney Gazette
Wolverhampton Chronicle
Wood and Vale
Worcester Journal (Berrows)
Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury
Yorkshire – Gazette & Herald
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