October 30, 2006

NO WONDER AIR AMERICA IS GOING OFF THE AIR IN NYC:

POST BEATS NEWS: NOW 5TH LARGEST NEWSPAPER IN U.S. (ANDY SOLTIS, October 30, 2006, NY Post)

The New York Post today surpassed the Daily News and The Washington Post to become the 5th largest newspaper in America after bucking the national trend and chalking up a whopping 5.1 percent jump in circulation. [...]

"This is a great and historic day for The Post," said Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation, which owns The Post.

"We have created a newspaper with a unique voice that reflects the heart and soul of New York, and today's publisher's statement, which for the first time places us ahead of the Daily News and in the top five newspapers in the country, is a testament to the vitality of the paper and the cherished role it plays in the life of this city."

The New York Post, founded by Alexander Hamilton on November 16, 1801, is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the United States.

Here are the top 25 daily newspapers in the U.S. by circulation (with percent change) for the six-month period ending September 2006.

1. USA Today: 2,269509, (-1.3%)
2. The Wall Street Journal: 2,043235, (-1.9%)
3. The New York Times: 1,086,798, (-3.5%)
4. Los Angeles Times: 775,766, (-8.0%)
5. The New York Post: 704,011, 5.3%
6. Daily News: 693,382, 1.0%
7. The Washington Post: 656,297, (-3.3%)
8. Chicago Tribune: 576,132, (-1.7%)
9. Houston Chronicle: 508,097, (-3.6%)
10. Newsday: 413,579, (-4.9%)

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2006 5:29 PM
Comments

Shouldn't there be an * next to the WSJ so readers would know that only the editorial pages are conservative, the rest of the paper is as liberal as the others.

Posted by: erp at October 30, 2006 5:47 PM

The Post looks poised to pass the LA Times by next year as well.

And indeed, given that the NYT, USAT, and WSJ are national papers, that would have to make the Post the number 1 paper in terms of circulation in the city in which it's produced, no?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 30, 2006 9:02 PM

Erp - ok, but the WSJ editorial page has taken a turn to the left over the past few years. Gigot (the editor) is one of those Beltway conservatives who are really moderates everywhere else.

Almost all of the big city dailies (like the Boston Globe, the Strib in MN) are showing sizable drops. All are fairly left in their editorializing which may be a factor.

Posted by: AWW at October 30, 2006 9:06 PM

AWW and erp,

That's why I read Investors Business Daily. Consistency is a good thing.

Posted by: Brad S at October 31, 2006 10:13 AM

Brad, I don't read the media, I just wait for you guys to post the interesting articles. Cuts down on the agita (alternate spelling agida).

Posted by: erp at October 31, 2006 2:17 PM

Is Morgan Stanley going to go after the NYT again?

Very interesting piece today on the WSJ editorial page about Jack Welch's move on The Boston Globe. It is by John Ellis, who used to provide some of the sharpest political & business commentary on the web, before he pretty much stopped blogging. He is George Bush's cousin.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 31, 2006 4:21 PM
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