Capital city newspapers around Australia experienced double-digit declines in circulation in the October to december 2013 compared to 2012. The Advertiser, The Mercury and The West Australian are the only exceptions. the 17% decline for The Age and 16.6% decline for the SMH continue an awful trend for these titles. The declines of 12% for the Daily Telegraph and 12.3% for the Herald Sun are awful news for News. Mumbrella has the gory details.
These numbers reinforce my view that we will see at least one and maybe more capital city dailies cease daily production this year. The cost of producing and distributing product with lower ad revenue is the issue. the recent price rises announced by News will not fill much of the revenue gap.