Newspaper publishing

Transitioning from a print past to a digital future

Digital disruption is raising fundamental questions for the magazine and newspaper industries. This article highlights how economic shifts and competitive forces are triggering new strategies and wide divergences between markets.

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The economics of newspaper publishing have passed a tipping-point, with circulation revenue now exceeding advertising revenue

As more news moves online and demand for news grows in emerging markets, global newspaper circulation will continue to increase while revenues decline. These countervailing trends will see 2015’s total global newspaper revenue of US$130.5bn fall to US$121.1bn in 2020, a compound annual decline of 1.5%

Looking across the world, Latin America is the only region whose newspaper industry is continuing to grow – driven by digital charging schemes

With newspaper revenue in Western Europe and North America already falling, the darkening economic outlook for China is seeing newspaper advertisers in Asia reduce spending. Partly as a result, Asia Pacific newspaper revenue is projected to suffer a compound annual decline of 0.7% to 2020. The bright spot globally will be Latin America, with a 2% CAGR helped by economic growth and successful digital charging schemes.

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