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Daily News Reports Steep Decline in Circulation

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The shocking double-digit declines come weeks after the money-losing News ousted Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich after just one year on the job.

Keith J. Kelly reports: The Daily News is a four-time loser, recently released circulation stats show.

The embattled newspaper reported sharply lower sales on weekdays and Sundays and on newsstand sales and home deliveries, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.

While the entire newspaper industry has been hammered by print circulation declines in recent years, the drop-off by Mort Zuckerman’s Daily News in September was much steeper than the declines at The Post and the New York Times.

The News saw its weekday print circulation tumble 11.2 percent, to 207,680, almost double the 6.8 drop at The Post, which fell to 230,634. The Times reported a decline of 5.5 percent, to 551,579. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mysterious Drones Spotted Over Paris

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French police are searching for the pilots behind several mysterious drones that were seen cruising over Paris landmarks and secured compounds on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Unmanned aerial vehicles are already prohibited across the French capital, the Wall Street Journal reports, but the flights spotted this week have raised surveillance concerns in a city that is on high alert after the January terrorist attacks. The drones were seen flying near the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and the Interior Ministry.

Police have not yet established how many drones were involved, or whether there was any connection between the flights.

Read more in the WSJ

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Magazine Newsstand Sales Collapse

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The New York Post‘s, Keith J. Kelly delivers the bad news: The first-half circulation numbers do not tell a pretty story for the magazine industry. Even digital-replica editions — which grew at a double-digit pace — did not rise quite as rapidly as a year ago.

“Cosmopolitan, Hearst’s newsstand powerhouse, tumbled 24.8 percent on newsstands to 774,077 from over 1 million in the same period a year earlier.”

Not surprisingly, the biggest digital replica magazine is Game Informer magazine, with 2,894,248 replica copies.

The next three with ad-sponsored replica copies belong to American Media titles: Shape with 296,157; Star magazine with 237,333; and OK! Weekly with 196,248.gpoj-approved-panic

“It needed to send 147,068 free or verified copies into the marketplace to make its rate base.”

Working Mother had 194,167, and Maxim, which changed ownership in the period, was not far behind with 186,863, while its single-copy sales plunged 33 percent.

“People, now at No. 4 in newsstand sales, lost 14.8 percent of its single-copy sales to 706,344.”

Overall, digital replica editions — defined as exact copies of the print edition — grew 13 percent to 11.6 million copies, representing 3.8 percent of the total circulation. Read the rest of this entry »