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Newspaper Publishing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Newspaper Publishing Market Research Report | SIC J58.130 | Feb 2017

Backs to the paywall: Surviving operators look for ways to gain revenue from online content

IBISWorld’s Newspaper Publishing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Associated Newspapers Associated Newspapers market share
News Corporation News Corporation market share
Telegraph Media Group Ltd Telegraph Media Group Ltd market share
Trinity Mirror plc Trinity Mirror plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

In the past 10 years, the traditional revenue model of UK newspaper publishers has been torn up by falling demand for print media and declines in advertising revenue. The transition from print to digital has been far from seamless and publishers are still adapting to online markets. As a result, digital advertising revenue is only growing at a single-digit rate. Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 4.2% to reach £4.7 billion. In 2016-17, revenue is expected to fall by 1.6%.

The two traditional revenue channels for UK newspaper publishers are print advertising and newspaper sales, both of which have contracted in the past five years... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Falling circulation numbers and plummeting advertising revenue have created a difficult environment for newspaper publishers over the past five years. Shrinking readership, struggling online subscriptions, the short supply of general advertising and the higher cost of newsprint are all causes for concern. Despite the steady rise of revenue from online advertising, industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 4.2% over the five years through 2016-17. As a result, many publishers have attempted to cut costs by thinning out workforces, resulting in employment numbers and average wages both declining. In 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to fall by 1.6% to £4.7 billion.

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What is the Newspaper Publishing Industry?

The Newspaper Publishing industry consists of businesses that produce articles to publish in print and digital editions. The industry includes advertising newspapers, but does not cover news agencies (see IBISWorld report J63.910) or anything published fewer than four times a week.

Industry Products
Selling digital advertisingSelling print advertisingSelling news
Industry Activities
Producing printed and digital newspapersNewsgatheringWriting comment and editorial piecesPublishing advertising newspapers

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